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Titan

  • Bernard Henin
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

Surrounded by an abundance of moons and rings, Saturn is home to some of the most awe-inspiring sceneries in our Solar System. Its satellite system is a rich one as it hosts a varied collection of moons, sometimes referred to as the Cronian moons. (Krónos is the Greek name for Saturn.) At the time of writing, a total of 53 had been confirmed so far (another nine are provisional). These include Titan, the second largest moon in our Solar System, and an assortment of mid-size to small icy moons each unique and intriguing, listed here from biggest to smallest: Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas. Let us also not forget the tiny irregular moons of Hyperion, Phoebe, and Janus. (In contrast Amalthea, Jupiter’s fifth biggest moon – the next one after the Galilean moons – is smaller than Janus.)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Henin
    • 1
  1. 1.NottinghamUK

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