Saturnian

adjective

Sa·​tur·​ni·​an sa-ˈtər-nē-ən How to pronounce Saturnian (audio)
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1
: of, relating to, or influenced by the planet Saturn
2
archaic : of or relating to the god Saturn or the golden age of his reign

Examples of Saturnian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for Enceladus, just last year, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) captured signs of large plumes rushing from the Saturnian moon. Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Astrophysicists determined that at least half the volume of the Saturnian moon Mimas consists of an ocean beneath its icy crust. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 The team, however, remained steadfast in their research, analyzing thousands of images taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, both of Mimas and of 18 other Saturnian moons. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Perhaps Mimas and several other Saturnian satellites are practically infants, freshly forged from the broken shards of older moons that slammed into one another, as recent research has suggested. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2024 The observations Webb beamed back indicate that only about 30 percent of that water stays in the torus, while 70 percent is dispersed throughout the rest of the Saturnian system. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 13 June 2023 Ever since the two Voyager probes took a close look at Saturn in the early 1980s, various spacecraft have tried measuring the spin of its radio lighthouse to determine the length of a Saturnian day. Robin Andrews, Wired, 22 Feb. 2022 Thanks to the Arctic nature of the hydrothermal vent, the site could serve as a laboratory to prepare for exploring the Saturnian moon of Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 4 Nov. 2022 Resolving this riddle seemed necessary if scientists wanted to determine the length of a Saturnian day. Robin Andrews, Wired, 22 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Saturnian was in 1557

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“Saturnian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saturnian. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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