NASA Released A Stunning Time-Lapse Of Saturn That Shows The Planet For 44-Hours Straight

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The second largest planet in our solar system, adorned with thousands of beautiful ringlets, Saturn is unique among the planets. It is not the only planet to have rings -- made of chunks of ice and rock -- but none are as spectacular or as complicated as Saturn's. Like fellow gas giant Jupiter, Saturn is a massive ball of mostly hydrogen and helium.  Surrounding by 53 confirmed and nine provisional moons, Saturn is home to some of the most fascinating landscapes in our solar system. From the jets of Enceladus to the methane lakes on smoggy Titan, the Saturn system is a rich source of scientific discovery and still holds many mysteries.


The farthest planet from Earth observable by the unaided human eye, Saturn has been known since ancient times and is named for the Roman god of agriculture and wealth. The Greek equivalent was Cronos, the father of Zeus/Jupiter.


Just Last April, NASA's Cassini spacecraft recorded Saturn for nearly 44 hours without a break. This amazing time-lapse shortens those 44-hours into less than 2 minutes. Enjoy and stay curious!


Video courtesy of NASA
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