Twelve new Saturn moons spotted

Posted on Monday, May 09 2005 @ 12:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Wired News reports that astronomers discovered 12 new moons around Saturn last week.

The newfound satellites are quite small, they range from 2 to 4 miles in diameter. Something extraordinaire is that the moons orbit Saturn in the opposite direction of the planet's spin. Only one of the 34 other Saturn moons shares that property.

The astronomers believe that the moons might have been caught by Saturn's gravitational pull rather than being formed from the same material as the planet. Read more at Wired

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