What color is Saturn?

Planets have the colors that they have because of what they are made of and how their surfaces or atmospheres reflect and absorb sunlight. Saturn is also a giant gas planet with an outer atmosphere that is mostly hydrogen and helium. Its atmosphere has traces of ammonia, phosphine, water vapor, and hydrocarbons giving it a yellowish-brown color.


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