Friday, April 22, 2016

Smashing Saturn.

A comparison just to boggle your mind. Image source.
Wow! Isn't Saturn just the most amazing sight to behold? The sixth planet out from the sun and about nine times the size of Earth Saturn is only second to Jupiter in size in our solar system. The density of Saturn, being a gas giant, isn't all that impressive, only about one eighth that of Earth but those beautiful rings make up for that in abundance.
Saturn's Rings are very thin, about 20 meters, but extend way out to a distance of of more than 1200 kilometers. The rings are mostly made up of  ice and carbonaceous dust, I think that means containing carbon intermingled in the dust.
The planet Saturn is named after the Roman god Saturnus, the god of agriculture, and was known to the ancient civilizations such as the Babylonians and Chinese. It is also visible to the naked eye being the fifth brightest object in the night sky.
Saturn is very slow moving taking more than 29 years to orbit the sun even though it revolves on it's axis in just a little over 10 hours. Because of this high rotational speed the planet with it's wispy atmosphere has flattened a bit giving it an equatorial diameter of about ten percent greater than it's polar diameter.
God was upset by the Israelites  for worshiping their god Ashtaroth, the name they used for the planet Saturn, well in the Canaanite language. Amos 5 verse 26; You have born the tabernacle of  Moloch and chuin your images, your star god. So don't be too over awed by this planet, be over awed by God and what he has made instead.
Blessings and best wishes from Geoff in South Africa.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating history of Saturn! I enjoyed learning more about it! Thanks for such a wonderful post!