Ring-Planet Saturn and Red Planet Mars paired in the Sky

Thu 16 Aug 2012

The Ring-planet Saturn and Red planet Mars came together in Western Sky after sunset on 15 August 2012. While the two planets appeared to be pairing in the sky, they were in actual quite far apart and different from each other.

Saturn, the sixth planet from sun, is the second-largest planet in the solar system. The planet is composed almost entirely of gas, mostly hydrogen, with smaller amounts of other gases. It has no solid surface in our sense of the word, but it may have a small rocky core that is surrounded by thousands of miles of highly compressed gas due to the enormous gravitational effects of Saturn's large mass, which is 95 times that of the Earth.

Mars, which is also called the Red Planet, is fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is made of Iron-oxide gas, that gives the planet reddish appearance.

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