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Saturn is diminished and can be put into a PURE water container

  1. Apr 28, 2005 #1
    Now imagine the Saturn is diminished and can be put into a PURE water container ..

    Then Is that the Saturn is immersed half of itself till the centre of the Saturn ?? (Since Saturn also has gravity itself )
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  3. Apr 28, 2005 #2


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  4. Apr 28, 2005 #3
    do you mean Saturn's floating??
    well if this is what u mean,
    because it has a high density
  5. Apr 28, 2005 #4


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    No, Saturn has a low density - lower than water. If your bathtub were big enough, you could float Saturn in it.

    But I don't know if that's what he/she's asking.
  6. Apr 29, 2005 #5
    hmmm, i dont have a clue what he means but his use of 'the saturn' anoys me the most. just saturn please...
  7. Apr 29, 2005 #6
    sorry AcEY, we don't all have the grasp of the english language that you seem to have...

    lwymarie; maybe you could re-phrase your question.
  8. Apr 29, 2005 #7
    sorry for my poor english..
    what i mean is: Saturn floats on water. But does it immerse a small part in the water?
  9. Apr 29, 2005 #8
    The question is hard to answer because your question is not clear.

    If you shrink Saturn to fit in a container it will have little gravity so it would not affect things. Saturn is made out of gas and is not rigid so it would fall apart in your bathtub. For water to be liquid it needs to be at a high enough temperature to boil away your mini Saturn.

    If you mean a rigid sphere with the same density as Saturn it would would on the water, with some part of it submerged.
  10. Apr 29, 2005 #9
    thanks for correcting Dave, i just figured it out after i got back home..
  11. Apr 29, 2005 #10


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    Saturn has an average density of about 0.69g/cm^3, which is only 7/10ths that of water. It would float with 3/10ths of its bulk above the water line.

    This is, of course, a thought experiment. It can't be done - even in principle - since, as Bjorn points out, it is not a rigid object, but mostly a ball of gas with a dense core. The gravitational forces would intermingle.
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