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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: 15,024,000 km
English: 9,335,481 miles
Periapsis (closest)
Metric: 6,908,035 km
Apoapsis (farthest)
Metric: 23,139,965 km
Sidereal Orbit Period (Length of Year)
1.88238193 Earth years
687.54 Earth days
Orbit Circumference
Metric: 87,080,192.85 km
Average Orbit Velocity
Metric: 5,277.3 km/h
Orbit Eccentricity
Orbit Inclination
Mean Radius
Metric: 11.0 (assuming an albedo of 0.06) km
English: 6.8 miles
Equatorial Circumference
Metric: 69.1 km
Metric: 5,575 km3
Metric: 8,242,676,382,034,560 kg
Scientific Notation: 8.2427 x 1015 kg
Metric: 2.3 g/cm3
Surface Area
Metric: 1,520.53 km2
Surface Gravity
Metric: 0.005 m/s2
Escape Velocity
Metric: 36 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:
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