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The speed of Saturn (Shani)

Saturn is the second largest planet in the solar system; only Jupiter is larger. Like Jupiter, Saturn is a giant ball of gas with no solid surface beneath its clouds. The colorful clouds of Saturn (and Jupiter) are composed of ammonia ice crystals. Saturn’s atmosphere above the clouds is approximately 96% hydrogen and 4% helium. Winds near Saturn’s equator blow toward the east at 500 m/s (1100 mi/hr). Saturn has a volume 764 times that of Earth, but weighs only 95 times as much. Saturn is the only planet in the solar system less dense than water : it would float! Saturn has a larger ring system and more known moons (18) than any other planet.

  • Duration of revolution around the Sun – 10,759.20 days
  • Duration of one full rotation – 10h 13m 59s
  • Average speed –  9.6 km/s
  • Inclination of the orbit to the elliptic – 2° 29′ 21″.6
  • Orbital eccentricity -0.056
  • Apparent diameter – 15″.0 to 20″.9 of arc
  • Mass relative to the Sun – 1/3498.5
  • Mass relative to Earth – 744
  • Density relative to water – 0.71
  • Surface gravity relative to Earth – 1.16
  • Average surface temperature – –180° C
  • Oblateness (“flatness”) – 0.1
  • Maximum magnitude –  -0.3
  • Diameter – 120,536 km

The speed of Saturn (Shani) : Saturn takes on an average 29.5 years to orbit around the Sun. It is the slowest and the furthest planet from Sun known prior to the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in late, 18th, 19th century and early 20th century. It takes on an average 2and half years to transit through one zodiac sign. Its average speed per day is around 5 minutes per day.

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