Monday, January 6, 2014

Saturn from above

This top-down image of Saturn was Taken by the Cassini spacecraft on Oct. 10, 2013. 
Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is 95.16 times the mass of Earth. That makes it a big fucking planet. Like, second largest in the solar system big. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the second largest moon in the solar system. It is the only moon known to have any atmosphere. 
On Saturn, the winds can reach speeds of up to 1800 km/h hour. That's like a force 20 hurricane. It would be hard to get an insurance policy on Saturn. 
There are 62 known moons of Saturn, 53 are named. There will probably be some kind of early morning radio call-in show that will let some schmuck name the 54th moon at some point. Until then, there are 9 unnamed chunks of rock and ice caught in the gravitational pull of Saturn, can we handle that? I don't think so. We love naming shit. 
The planet is known as a gas giant, thought to have a solid core. 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/G. Ugarkovic

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