National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
Kiviuq: Facts & Figures
   Back to Saturn   Overview   Facts & Figures   News 
Discovered By
Brett J. Gladman, John J. Kavelaars, Jean-Marc Petit, Hans Scholl, Matthew J. Holman, Brian G. Marsden, Phillip D. Nicholson, and Joseph A. Burns
Date of Discovery
7 August 2000
Orbit Size Around Saturn (semi-major axis)
Metric: 11,311,100 km
English: 7,028,392 miles
Periapsis (closest)
Metric: 9,453,817 km
Apoapsis (farthest)
Metric: 13,168,383 km
Sidereal Orbit Period (Length of Year)
1.229650924 Earth years
449.13 Earth days
Orbit Circumference
Metric: 70,588,248.86 km
Average Orbit Velocity
Metric: 6,548.6 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
Orbit Inclination
Mean Radius
Metric: 8 (assuming an albedo of 0.06) km
Equatorial Circumference
Metric: 50.3 km
Metric: 2,145 km3
Metric: 3,297,070,552,813,820 kg
Scientific Notation: 3.2971 x 1015 kg
Metric: 2.3 g/cm3
Surface Area
Metric: 804.25 km2
Surface Gravity
Metric: 0.003 m/s2
Escape Velocity
Metric: 27 km/h

Additional Information:

-USGS Astrogeology: Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature:

-JPL Solar System Dynamics:

-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:

-"A deeper look at the colors of the Saturnian irregular satellites" by Tommy Grav and James Bauer:
Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writers: Courtney O'Connor and Bill Dunford
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 11 Apr 2011