Saturn Definition

sătərn
noun
The god of agriculture: identified with the Greek Cronus.
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The second largest planet of the solar system and the sixth in distance from the sun: it has a thin, icy ring system around its equator: diameter, c. 120,540 km (c. 74,900 mi); period of revolution, 29.46 earth years; period of rotation, 10.66 hours; 62 satellites; symbol, ♄
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Webster's New World
In 1610 Galileo was the first person to see Saturn through a telescope. Its shape puzzled him, because it didn’t look spherical, but looked more like an oval. In 1655, Christiaan Huygens had a better telescope and could see the rings more clearly. Two decades later, Giovanni Cassini made the discovery that the rings were not solid, but made up of particles. He also saw that there was more than one ring, and there was a large gap, 2980 miles wide, between two of them. The gap was called the Cassini Division, named in his honor.
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Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun, approximately 888 million miles away from the Sun.
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Origin of Saturn

  • Middle English Saturnus from Old English from Latin Sāturnus of Etruscan origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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