A 60th moon is found around Saturn

Thanks to the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, scientists have identified a 60th satellite of the ringed gas giant.


The moon is the faint spot in the red box next to the much brighter Mimas.
Click on the photo for a GIF movie of the newly found satellite in its orbit.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

There is a reason that this moon hasn’t been found until recently:  it is only 2km in diameter (about 1.2 miles).  For comparison, our own moon has a polar diameter of 3472km (about 2157 miles) making it over 1700 times as wide.

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About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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