Saturn

Edited by Courtney Buenaventura
Spring 2011

Saturn is the second largest planet and is the sixth planet from the sun. It was first observed by Galileo in the year of 1610, but wasn't visited until 1979 by NASA's Pioneer 11. On July 1st, 2004, Cassini landed on Saturn and orbited the planet for at least four years. Saturn appears to be oblate, or flattened, when seen through a telescope. Saturn has two rings surrounding it with a gap between them known as the Cassini Division. These rings were unique to the solar system until 1977, when rings were seen around Uranus. Saturn has a gravity of 0.7 making it the least dense of all eight planets. It's composition is made up of 75% hydrogen, 25% helium with some methane, water, and rock. The planet has around 60 known moons including Titan, Rhea, and Dione.
(reference: NinePlanets.org)


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Solar System Exploration
SolarSystem.nasa.gov
By: Phil Davis, David Martin, Samantha Harvey
Date Visited: 5/18/2011
Brief Description: This website is very informative, giving many numbers of data about it's size, rings, composition, magnetic field, etc. Facts on Galileo's first observations of Saturn are shared, along with Christiaan Huygen's discovery of the rings surrounding the planet. At the end of the page many dates are given having to do with Saturn all the way from 1610 to 2010; making this website very up to date. Being a Government website, we know that this site is very accurate.
Readability: With the use of great vocabulary, this website is recommended for high school students and older.
Navigation: Very easy access to many side tabs along the left hand side of the page.

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Solar Views: Saturn
SolarViews.com
By: Calvin J. Hamilton
Date Visited: 5/18/2011
Brief Description: This is a great site to visit when interested in learning about Saturn. It gives many different views on Saturn and information on these views including its rings, the interior of Saturn, it's moons, and its different hemispheres. Many statistics are given about Saturn such as its orbital period, atmospheric pressure, density, and the tilt of its axis. Not only is there statistics on Saturn itself, but also on 32 of its moons. Giving different references, this website is potentially very accurate and up to date as of this year.
Readability: This site is written very clearly and is great for those in middle school and up.
Navigation: Very easy to navigate through. Clear headings and additional information is given through links on the side.

Saturn, the Solar System's Major Ring Bearer
Space.com
By: Not Listed
Date Visited: 5/18/2011
Brief Description: Very informative, gives great information. The many characteristics of Saturn are listed and background information on Saturn's rings and moons are given. Information on the latest research and exploration of Saturn is given, including when it was first visited and the Cassini spacecraft; which is now in orbit of the planet.
Readability: Very clear and understandable for many ages from middle and up.
Navigation: No external links, but headings make it easier to navigate through the site.

Saturn
Nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov
By: Dr. David Ed Grayzeck
Date Visited: 5/22/2011
Brief Description: This page is very short but it provides many links given for general information on the planet and general data. These links send you to very straight forward fact sheets or descriptive articles. Links to articles on the past and current missions are given including the Cassini, Huyens, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and the Pioneer 11 flyby in 1979. This website is up to date (updated on January 6, 2010) and very reliable (NASA).
Readability: Very clear, and recommended for those in high school and up.
Navigation: Easy to read, with headings above each section giving organization. Links given for additional information.
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Saturn
Solstation.com
By: Sol Company
Date Visited: 5/22/2011
Brief Description: Updated 2011 and seems reliable (Sol Company). A variety of pictures are given of Saturn. Recent news of Saturn is given on NASA's recent photo of a storm near Saturn. General information regarding Saturn is given, including information on its two rings and the discovery that they may be icy, and other information regarding its various moons.
Readability: Not hard to read, recommended for those in middle school and up.
Navigation: Easy to scroll through and read. Very organized with external links to websites on different people, objects, news, etc.















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Bob the Alien's Tour of the Solar System
By: Caverswall Palace Productions© 2009
BobtheAlien.co.uk
Date Visited: 4/28/2010
Brief Description: This site goes over an introduction to Saturn, the rings, moons, and ten facts about Saturn. It also gives 10 interesting fun facts about the planet and gives good source of information. It briefly discusses figures and compares Saturn to earth.
My opinion: This site gives off tons of information and has good/ interesting visuals and I enjoyed their ten facts about Saturn section.



Astronomy for Kids
Date Visited: 5/5/2010
By: KidsKnowIt.com©1998-2009
KidsAstronomy.com
Brief Description: This site gives information for kids about Saturn's meaning, weight difference on Saturn then earth, moons, and more info on the planet. It's visual and tries to make learning fun for a younger audience.
My opinion: this is a great sight for children to learn info on the planet. It doesn't give off tons of info or go in over detailed information.

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Saturn
By: Bill Arnett
NinePlanets.org
Date Read: 12/5/2008
Audience: Educational 6-12th grade, maybe college.
Brief Description: The website could be helpful to any person looking for information on the planet Saturn.The site has plenty of pictures that help you understand and visualize what you are reading. The website is mainly focused information about what its made of, what its rings are made of, and all the satellites that are orbiting it. It also has some information about Saturn's mythology, who first observed, how big it is, and its orbit. The website also give you lots of links so if you have more questions about a particular item or topic it will direct you.
My Opinion: I believe that the website will help any student looking up information about Saturn but has no relevance to professionals. the websites information would be helpful for a book report or a diagram that some kids have to build in elementary or middle school. I say this because there is no updates since 2005, i think a blog spot for professionals to talk about this planet would make it better, and more information about the planet.


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General Information On Saturn
By: ©1999-2008 EnchantedLearning.com
EnchantedLearning.com
Date Read: 12/9/2008
Audience: Educational 6-12th grade, Adults interested in astronomy.
Brief Description: The web site is very educational. It gives information on all the aspect of Saturn from its thirty moons down to the temperature on Saturn. It has pictures and charts on each section of the page. Each section of the page has about a paragraph of information to it, depending on the section. The page has links to quizzes and coloring sheets and other activity's that could interest parents to give there kids, or even teachers to give there students as extra credit or a small assignment.
My Opinion: I like the page very much. I think it was a good idea to not only put pictures but also graphs and charts. Putting links to coloring and puzzle activities were also a good idea because it attracts parents as well as students. The information seems to be correct and very helpful to someone studying Saturn and planets.



Saturn's Home Page
Planet-Saturn.net
Date Read: 5/11/2011
Audience: High School Students
Description: This is a site that everyone can enjoy. This site describes where the planet Saturn will be on certain days of the year. This site also talks about Saturn's moons like Phoebe, Rhea, and Hyperion. It also provides information when Saturn was first discovered.
Opinion: This site provides excellent information about Saturn but it lacks pictures. However the lack of pictures does not subtract that this website can provide a lot information for a Research project.

Zoom Astronomy
EnchantedLearning.com
Date Read: 5/18/2011
Audience: Middle School to High School Students
Description: Provides information on all planets,stars, comets, meteors, asteroids, the comet belts and the sun. It has little games that show your age on other planets and really introduces the things we have in our solar system. It provides great detail on the sun for example how hot is the sun? what are sunspots? and why is it so big?. Great site for Students to explore and start there solar system experience.
My Opinion: Great site for starting to understand the solar system and what we have in it with. But it does not give out any new information or new material that can be added on. There are a lot of colorful creative pictures though.

Cassini Mission
Saturn.jpl.nasa.gov
Date Read: 5/19/2011
Audience: Middle School to High School Students
Description: It is a NASA Site so of course it is a great site. This website has great information and provides great information on Saturn and it's moons plus a lot more other things. This website has pictures of Saturn through Cassini Images the spacecraft that is currently at Saturn. Currently this website also has the countdown to the flyby of Titan one of Saturn's moons.
My Opinion: Wonderful Site but lacks things for children like games and colorful things.


Saturn
MCWDN.org
Date Read: 5/21/2011
Audience: Middle School to Adults
Description: Nice site for planets that give out the general information on planets like Saturn for example its temperature, rings, moons etc. If you was a person that just landed on Earth and didn't know anything about the planet Saturn and other planets. I will recommend this website to you but as far as looking for any new information not a great site to check out.
My Opinion: Nice website for general information on planets and Saturn but lacks new information.
Editor: Joey Rio


Edited By: Jordan Hatch
Fall 2012



Saturn Facts
Planetfacts.net/Saturn-Facts
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By: Richard, L.
Last Updated: 6/17/11
Date Reviewed: 11/30/12
Reviewed By: Jordan Hatch
Accuracy: This website offers very basic information about the planet Saturn. There aren't many facts dealing with the important specs of the planet, such as its mass. Some of the facts recorded are accurate but some are not, or at least too vague. I would not recommend this site to someone seeking serious concrete facts about Saturn.
​Readability and Clarity: The audience is geared toward elementary to middle school students. It is very easy to read, any child over the age of 10 should be able to read and understand what the website has to say.
Ease of Navigation: All links are contained within the site. These just lead to facts about the other planets.



Saturn
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Nationalgeographic.com/saturn-article
By: National Geographic
Last Updated: 11/10/12
​Date Reviewed: 11/30/12
Reviewed By: Jordan Hatch
​Accuracy: The information given is reliable and accurate. National Geographic is a well known source, and they give detailed information about Saturn's history, composition, moons, and rings. The specific numbers of mass and density are not given, but a fancy tool for measuring the distance from various planets and Saturn can be found at the top of the page. I would recommend this site to anyone seeking to learn new things about Saturn.
Readability and Clarity: The audience for this site would be geared toward high school students to adults. Worded very clear and easy to read, good site.
​Ease of Navigation:Navigating can be confusing, as it is easy to get lost among the many different links to different subjects and topics within the site.




The Planet Saturn
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(NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Aerospaceguide.net/planetsaturn
By: Stathopoulos, V.
Last Updated: Not listed
Date Reviewed: 11/30/12
Reviewed By: Jordan Hatch
Accuracy: The accuracy seems to correctly line up with reliable sources. Not a recognized source however. This page discusses every category one would hope to know about Saturn.
Readability and Clarity: The audience this page is geared toward is all ages, anyone can pull useful information from this website. The way the site is presented makes it look like it was made by a 10 year old, but it is laid out in a very clear and readable way. Facts are easily visible and easy to read.
Ease of Navigation: Navigation is very simple and easy to do. The only other links on the site lead to other planet articles contained within the website.




All About Saturn
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wordsources.info/saturn
By: Not Listed
Last Updated: 7/14/12
Date Reviewed: 11/30/12
Reviewed By: Jordan Hatch
Accuracy: This site is based more on the mythology of who the Roman god Saturn is. It gives a lot of background info on the story of Saturn, but information dealing with mythology is prone to change depending on what source is used. At the bottom of the page, a brief overview can be seen about the planet Saturn. Very vague info is given and not useful for any serious scholar.
Readability and Clarity: The audience this site is geared toward would be kids to adults. The site is very easy to read, and people of all ages can find a very brief summary of both the mythology and planet Saturn.
Ease of Navigation: There are many links to other topics on this website. It is quite straight forward, and one should have no problem finding their way around the site. All links keep you within the same website.




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Mr. Nussbaum
http://mrnussbaum.com/space/saturn/
Author: Greg Nussbaum
The site is ran by Mr. Nussbaum along with programers and developers.
Overview: This website is pretty neat. It has games, activities, and educational material for children K-8. There are more subjects than science and it seems to mix fun and educational well.
Last Updated: Not listed.
Date Reviewed: 12/2/2016
Reviewed By: Shiann
Accuracy: The information fits with all other pages and books I have read. It has the basics, plus a little more. I would say it is the perfect source for an elementary or middle school project.
Readability and Clarity:The audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 8. It is very easy to read and kind of fun too. A lot of good comparisons to help understand certain concepts better.
Ease of Navigation:Very easy to find other pages and stuff to do on this website.



Gizmodo: Saturn
http://gizmodo.com/tag/saturn
Author: There are various authors on this website.
Overview: Ran by a company.
Last Updated: 11/30/2016
Date Viewed: 12/2/2016
Reviewed By: Shiann
Accuracy: The articles are accurate and informative. Several articles have data that is directly from NASA.
Readability and Clarity: It appears their audience is adults. Easy for me to read. Very informative and there are even links to cool videos, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0seT55Jk4Ko , which is about clouds moving on Saturn’s moon Titan.
Ease of Navigation: Very easy to navigate through this website. All articles for Saturn are listed all together. There are several links throughout the website both internal and external.



The Planets
https://theplanets.org/saturn/
Author: None listed.
Overview: This is a really nice website. It is well maintained and looks very professional.
Last Updated: N/A
Date Viewed: 12/4/2016
Reviewed By: Shiann
Accuracy: The information is very accurate on this website. It is more detailed than most sites I visited, with numbers down to the decimals.
Readability and Clarity: This website is very easy to read.
Ease of Navigation: This site is easy to navigate. It contains links to learn about our planets, our solar system, and other celestial objects.


Slate
http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2016/09/the_cassini_spacecraft_captures_44_uninterrupted_hours_of_saturn_images.html
Author: Robby Berman
Overview: This is an article that contains information about the Cassini Spacecraft when it spent 44 hours filming Saturn in April 2016. It also has video taken from that time. Flash is required to view the video. I recommend watching it.
Last Updated: 9/22/2016
Date Reviewed: 12/4/2016
Reviewed by: Shiann
Accuracy: This article has accurate information regarding the Cassini Spacecraft and about Saturn. I suggest going to The Cassini Spacecraft page by NASA if you would like to learn more.
Readability and Clarity: This article was a quick read, but very informative.
Ease of Navigation: From the article you can click a link back to the main page which contains various news stories. This website is not just about space. There are external links within various articles.




Cassini-Huygens
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Cassini-Huygens/Facts_about_Saturn
Author: European Space Agency
Overview: This is a surprisingly short page. It has some basic information about Saturn.
Last Updated: Unknown
Date Viewed: 12/4/2016
Reviewed By: Shiann
Accuracy: The information on this site does not seem completely accurate. Some of the numbers appear to be off, for example the number of known moons Saturn has.
Readability and Clarity: Easy to read, very short. Audience can be high school and up. Maybe more advanced kids.
Ease of Navigation: Super easy to navigate. Links to various other crafts and space objects. There are external links, like the link to the Italian Space Station.
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