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A trip across the Solar System: Saturn

Saturn's rings are made up of thousands of ringlets.Saturn's rings are made up of thousands of ringlets.Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun. It is the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Saturn is famous for its huge and magnificent rings. Three broad rings can be seen through a telescope from Earth. Like Jupiter, Saturn is a gas giant. It spins very quickly, giving it a bulge around its middle. Storm clouds swirl rapidly around its globe. 




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Rings

Saturn’s outer ring, which is called A ring, is separated from the inner two, B and C rings, by a gap called the Cassini Division. Space probes have detected other thinner and fainter rings: these have been named D, E, F and G rings.

Saturn is the least dense of all the planets: if a large enough bathtub could be found, it would float in the water.

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