-185°C to -122°C
71,229 miles (114,632 km)
Distance from the Sun:
890 million miles (1.4b km)
Rotation about axis:
Revolution about Sun:
Saturn is the second largest planet in the Solar System, yet it is the least dense. If there was a bathtub large enough to hold Saturn it would actually float.
To the south of the planet is a hurricane-like storm which resembles a human eye and to the north is a strange storm which is actually hexagonal in shape.
Saturn’s stunning rings are made from countless ice and rock particles which orbit the planet in a flat disc. Although the rings are 168,000 miles (approx 273,266 km) wide they are only a little over half a mile (1 km) thick.
They are held in orbit by the planet’s many moons.
Light & Bright
• Soap bubble mixture
• Wire ring
• LEDs (light-emitting diodes)
• Small motor
To create this rarefied planet, soap bubble mixture was used. By blowing on the soapy film, swirling patterns formed on its iridescent surface.
Iridescence is an optical phenomenon which causes surface colours to change depending on the angle they are viewed.
Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune all have rings, but Saturn's are by far the brightest. Long exposure photos were taken of LEDs spinning on a motor and combined into a stop-frame sequence.