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Saturn Rotation and Revolution

Since Saturn does not turn around on its axis at a uniform rate, two rotation periods have been assigned to it, like in Jupiter's case: System I has a period of 10 h 14 min 00 s (844.3/d) and encompasses the Equatorial Zone, which extends from the northern edge of the South Equatorial Belt to the southern edge of the North Equatorial Belt.

Saturn Rotation and Revolution

All other Saturnian latitudes have been assigned a revolving period of 10 h 39 min 24 s (810.76/d), which is System II. System III, based on radio emissions from the planet, has a period of 10 h 39 min 22.4 s (810.8/d); because it is very secure in value to System II, it has largely superseded it. While approaching Saturn in 2004, the Cassini spacecraft found that the radio rotation period of Saturn had increased slightly, to approximately 10 h 45 m 45 s ( 36 s). [2] The cause of the change is unknown.

Saturn is probably best famous for its planetary rings, which make it one of the most visually remarkable objects in the solar system. See rings of Saturn for a list of the planet's rings.

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Saturn
Physical Characteristics
Saturn Rotation and Revolution
History Of Saturn
Physical Characteristics Of Ring
Exploration Of Saturn
Saturn's Moons