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The Moons of Saturn

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 38yrs • F •
The Moons of Saturn
Saturn has over 62 known moons. Saturn's moons range in size from very small moons, referred to as 'moonlets' which are less than a kilometer in diameter, to it's largest moon Titan, which is the second largest moon in our solar system.

NASA's Cassini sector is devoted to the exploring the Saturn system and their spacecraft Cassiniā€'Huygens is at the forefront of their explorations. Cassiniā€'Huygens was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn's proximity in 2004. The Cassini website has more details about the mission and contained of information about Saturn and it's moons:
http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

This thread is for compiling images and bits of information and facts about Saturn's many moons.

Below is an artist's conceptualization of the Cassini spacecraft with Saturn behind it.
(Picture Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)



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 38yrs • F •
S/2009 S 1
S/2009 S 1 is a moonlet - which means it is a 'particularly small natural satellite'. Indeed, it is very small with an approximate diameter of only 400 meters (1,300 ft).

Orbiting distance from Saturn: approx. 117,000 kilometres (73,000 mi)

S/2009 S lies in Saturn's B Ring where it protrudes 150 metres (490 ft) above the ring - in the first image below, you can see it casting a shadow against the ring.

(Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)



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Pan
Pan is a walnut shaped moon and it orbits Saturn in a region of Saturn's A Ring known as the Encke Gap. The Encke Gap is 325-kilometre-wide gap within the A Ring, and it is actually caused by the presence of Pan

Distance from Saturn: 133,583 km (83,005 miles)
Period of Orbit around Saturn: 13.8 hours
Diameter: 20 km (12.5 miles)

In image 1 & 3 below, you can see Pan within the Encke Gap. In the third you can see the Pan's shadow cast against Saturn's Ring A.

(Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)







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