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   Back to Saturn   Overview   Facts & Figures 
Discovered By
Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna
Date of Discovery
12 December 2004
Orbit Size Around Saturn (semi-major axis)
Metric: 20,278,000 km
English: 12,600,165 miles
Periapsis (closest)
Metric: 10,670,284 km
Apoapsis (farthest)
Metric: 29,885,716 km
Sidereal Orbit Period (Length of Year)
2.977221081 Earth years
1,087.43 Earth days
By Comparison: Retrograde orbit
Orbit Circumference
Metric: 119,926,793.86 km
Average Orbit Velocity
Metric: 4,595.2 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
0.4738
Orbit Inclination
141.739
By Comparison: Retrograde orbit
Mean Radius
Metric: 3.5 (assuming an albedo of 0.04) km
English: 2.2 miles
Equatorial Circumference
Metric: 22.0 km
Volume
Metric: 180 km3
Density
Metric: 2.3 g/cm3
Surface Area
Metric: 153.94 km2

Additional Information:

-USGS Astrogeology: Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature: http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/append7.html

-JPL Solar System Dynamics: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/

-Solar System Moons: Discovery and Mythology by Jürgen Blunck; Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

-Encyclopedia of the Solar System, second edition; edited by Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul R. Weissman, and Torrence V. Johnson; Academic Press 2007

-Ellis Miner

-Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2010: http://www.britannica.com

-"A deeper look at the colors of the Saturnian irregular satellites" by Tommy Grav and James Bauer http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0611590

-Edda by Snorri Sturluson, translated by Anthony Faulkes. Everyman Paperbacks, 1995
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Last Updated: 17 Mar 2011