19. Saturn
Blinding Saturn
Looking Saturn in the Eye
Saturn taken from Voyager 2.
Northern Hemisphere of Saturn
19. Saturn

19. Saturn


Planet

Diameter: 120,536 km
Orbit Radius: 9.56 AU
Orbital Period: 29.43 years
Rotational Period: 10.7 hours
Average Temperature: -140°C
Max/Min Temperature: -139°C/-189°C
Composition: Gassy
Number of Moons: 62
Rings: Yes
Atmosphere: 96.3% H2; 3.25% He
Atmospheric Pressure: Unknown
Gravity (Earth=1): 1.06
Mass (Earth=1): 95.14
Magnetic Field: Yes

While cruising around Saturn in early October 2004, Cassini captured a series of images that have been composed into the largest, most detailed, global natural color view of Saturn and its rings ever made.

This grand mosaic consists of 126 images acquired in a tile-like fashion, covering one end of Saturn's rings to the other and the entire planet in between. The images were taken over the course of two hours while Cassini was approximately 6.3 million km (3.9 million mi) from Saturn. The full-resolution mosaic is 8,888 pixels across and 4,544 pixels tall. The smallest features seen are 38 km (24 mi) across. Things to look for: subtle color variations across the rings, the thread-like F ring, ring shadows cast against the blue northern hemisphere, the planet's shadow making its way across the rings to the left, and blue-grey storms in Saturn's southern hemisphere to the right. Tiny Mimas and even smaller Janus are both faintly visible at the lower left.