How to Draw Saturn

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Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest in our solar system. Saturn is named after Roman god of agriculture. It is located 887 million miles (1,427,000,000 kilometers) from the sun. It is so far away that it takes 29.5 Earth years for Saturn to travel around the Sun. Saturn also has seasons, but each of these lasts about seven years.

Did you know? When conditions are right, you can view Saturn with the naked eye. It resembles a non-twinkling star. With the aid of a telescope, you can even see its beautiful rings. It was first viewed through a telescope by the scientist Galileo in the 1600s.

What exactly are the rings of Saturn? They consist of particles that could be likened to tiny moons, ranging in size from specks of dust to houses. Saturn's gravitational pull has grouped the objects into a disk-like shape. The rings are hundreds of thousands of miles wide but only about 330 feet thick.

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Saturn also has many moons. The largest of these, Titan, has a dense atmosphere. This contrasts with the planet itself, which has no solid surface. If you visited Saturn, you'd find no ground to stand on! While Saturn is visible from Earth, much of what we know of it comes from deep-space probes. Four such spacecraft have visited Saturn since 1979.

Saturn is the most recognizable of the planets. Because of this, it features prominently in popular culture. For example, a ringed planet is part of the opening credit of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and 3rd Rock from the Sun. It has appeared in logos, such as that of the snack company Planet Lunch.

Would you like to draw a cartoon of the planet Saturn? This easy, step-by-step cartoon planet drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Saturn

How to Draw Saturn: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a narrow oval on a diagonal slant. This will form the first of Saturn's rings.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 2

2. Draw another, slightly larger oval surrounding the first. This forms the second of the planet's rings.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 3

3. Draw another oval surrounding the first two. This forms the third and final ring.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 4

4. Erase a portion of the far side of the rings. From the front of the central ring, extend a curved line upward. This begins your sketch of the planet itself.


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How to Draw Saturn: Step 5

5. Continue the line to form a half-circle emerging from the rings, erasing as necessary. this completes the northern hemisphere of the planet.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 6

6. Extend a curved line beneath the rings, beginning your sketch of the southern side of the planet.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 7

7. Continue the curved line to enclose another half-circle. Your outline of the planet Saturn is complete.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 8

8. Begin to detail the planet. Draw parallel curved lines across its surface.


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How to Draw Saturn: Step 9

9. Continue drawing curved lines until the entire planet is so adorned.

How to Draw Saturn: Step 10

Color Saturn. The planet is yellow and brown in appearance due to its chemical composition and storms on the surface.

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