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Saturn

Union Planet, Sol System, Jovian planet


Like Jupiter, Saturn was not visited or utilized until most of the rest of the Sol system including most Saturn moons were occupied. BP and ALEYASKA claimed the Planet in 2209 just before the formation of the Union and begun Gas refining operations much like the ones on Jupiter with floating Refineries. The Saturn rings were declared a Treasure of Humanity and no scooping operations were permitted. The Tourist and sightseeing business of the Rings was declared Saturn and not Saturn Moon business by a Union Court Decision (Saturn Moons vs. Saturn law suit) About 600,000 inhabitants make Saturn their home but they are not called Jovians and are represented together with Uranus and Neptune at the Assembly. Capitol is “BeePee” (See also: Saturn Moons, Saturn Rings and Saturn Floating Cities)


Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System, after Jupiter. Named after the Roman god Saturn, its astronomical symbol (♄) represents the god's sickle. Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius about nine times that of Earth.[12][13] While only one-eighth the average density of Earth, with its larger volume Saturn is just over 95 times more massive than Earth.[14][15][16]

Saturn's interior is probably composed of a core of iron, nickel and rock (silicon and oxygen compounds), surrounded by a deep layer of metallic hydrogen, an intermediate layer of liquid hydrogen and liquid helium and an outer gaseous layer.[17] The planet exhibits a pale yellow hue due to ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere. Electrical current within the metallic hydrogen layer is thought to give rise to Saturn's planetary magnetic field, which is slightly weaker than Earth's and around one-twentieth the strength of Jupiter's.[18] The outer atmosphere is generally bland and lacking in contrast, although long-lived features can appear. Wind speeds on Saturn can reach 1,800 km/h (1,100 mph), faster than on Jupiter, but not as fast as those on Neptune.[19]

Saturn has a prominent ring system that consists of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs, composed mostly of ice particles with a smaller amount of rocky debris and dust. Sixty-two[20] known moons orbit the planet; fifty-three are officially named. This does not include the hundreds of "moonlets" within the rings. Titan, Saturn's largest and the Solar System's second largest moon, is larger than the planet Mercury and is the only moon in the Solar System to retain a substantial atmosphere.[21]

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