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Space Station Info :: Nine Planet Solar System :: Saturn :: Saturn Moons

Saturn Moons

Saturn has a large number of moons, 49 are currently confirmed, 34 of which have names. The precise figure will never be certain as the orbiting chunks of ice in Saturn's rings are all technically moons, and it is difficult to draw a distinction between a large ring particle and a tiny moon.

Saturn's most noteworthy moon is Titan, the only moon in the solar system to have a dense atmosphere. Due to the tidal forces of Saturn, the moons are currently not at the same position as they were when they were first formed.

Saturn Exploration

Saturn Oppositions ( 2001-2029)

Until 1980, the structure of the rings of Saturn was briefed totally as the action of gravitational forces.The Voyager spacecraft establish radial features in the B ring, called spokes, which might not be explained in this way, as their perseverance and rotation around the rings were not reliable with orbital mechanics. The spokes emerge dark against the lit side of the rings, and light when seen next to the unlit side. It is assumed that they are connected to electromagnetic connections, as they rotate almost synchronously with the magnetosphere of Saturn. However, the precise mechanism behind the spokes is still unknown .25 years later, Cassini observed the spokes again.

They emerge to be a recurring phenomenon, disappearing in the Saturnian midwinter/midsummer and reappearing as Saturn comes faster to equinox. The spokes were not visible when Cassini arrived at Saturn in early 2004. Some scientists speculated that the spokes would not be visible again until 2007, based on models attempting to illustrate spoke formation. Nevertheless, the Cassini imaging team reserved looking for spokes in images of the rings, and the spokes reappeared in images taken September 5, 2005.

Saturn's Opposition Periods 2001–2005
Date of Opposition Distance to Earth (AU) Angular diameter
December 3, 2001 8.08 20.6 arcsec
December 17, 2002 8.05 20.7 arcsec
December 31, 2003 8.05 20.7 arcsec
January 13, 2005 8.08 20.6arcsec

Saturn appears to the naked eye in the night sky as a bright, yellowish star varying usually between magnitude +1 and 0 and takes approximately 29 and a half years to make a complete circuit of the ecliptic against the background constellations of the zodiac. Optical aid (a large pair of binoculars or a telescope) magnifying at least 20X is required to clearly resolve Saturn's rings for most people.

Appearance

Stationary, retrograde Opposition Distance
to Earth (AU)
Maximum
Brightness (mag)
Diametre Inclination of ring Stationary, prograde Conjunction to Sun
October 26, 2003 December 31, 2003 8.05014 -0.5 20.70" -25,5° March 7, 2004 July 8, 2004
November 8, 2004 January 13, 2005 8.07564 -0.4 20.64" -22,8° March 22, 2005 July 23, 2005
November 22, 2005 January 27, 2006 8.12682 -0.2 20.51" -18,9° April 5,2006 August 8, 2006
December 6, 2006 February 10, 2007 8.20033 0.0 20.32" -13,9° April 20, 2007 August 21, 2007
December 20, 2007 February 24, 2008 8.29136 0.2 20.10" -8,4° May 3, 2008 September 4, 2008
January 1, 2009 March 8, 2009 8.39440 0.5 19.85" -2,6° May 17, 2009 September 17, 2009
January 14, 2010 March 22, 2010 8.50379 0.5 19.60" 3,2° May 31, 2010 October 1, 2010
January 27, 2011 April 3, 2011 8.61392 0.4 19.35" 8,7° June 14, 2011 October 13, 2011

Also see about

Saturn
Physical Characteristics
Saturn Rotation and Revolution
History Of Saturn
Physical Characteristics Of Ring
Exploration Of Saturn
Saturn's Moons

 

 

 


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