How did Saturn come to have so many moons?
Jupiter and Saturn are very large and massive, their gravitational influence is a lot greater than the inner planets. There were also a lot more bodies to 'catch' further out at their distances. Saturns rings and many smaller moons may have originally come from fewer but larger moons that have broken up over time. ...
Asked in Planetary Science
Which planet has 47 moons?
Humm, not a simple answer. Earth has one, Mars has 2, Jupiter has 63, Saturn 61, Uranus 27 and Neptune 13. However, new moons are being discovered all the time. I believe in 2005 it was belived that Saturn had 47 moons, now the figure is 61. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn%27s_natural_satellites ...
Asked in Planetary Science, Planet Saturn
What are the names of Saturn's main moons?
It depends on what you mean by "main." Saturn has 62 known moons and more are being discovered all the time so that will probably be out of date by the time you read this! But the nine largest moons of Saturn (which were known before the space age) are, in order from Saturn: Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, Hyperion, Iapetus, Phoebe. All of these large moons except Hyperion and Phoebe (the smallest of the nine) are large enough for their own...
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Why did the shape of Saturn seem confusing to Galileo?
Galileo observed the rings of Saturn in 1610, but his telescope was too crude for him to see that they were rings -- he thus presumed they were large moons. In 1612 he looked at Saturn again, but did not see these "moons" (the rings were edge on, and thus not visible with his telescope) -- which confused him greatly. When Galileo looked again in 1614, he saw these "moons" a second time -- and thus concluded they were some kind...
Asked in Planetary Science, The Solar System
How many moons does planets have in your solar system?
The total was 146 last time I checked. However there are "provisional moons" that will probably become "official" moons eventually. ...
Asked in Planetary Science
How many satellites do the Jovian planets have?
The Jovian Planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The number mentioned are known moons. New discoveries can happen at any time. Jupiter = 63 Saturn = ~200 observed, 61 with secured orbits of which 52 are named. Uranus = 27 Neptune=13 ...
Asked in Astronomy, Calendar, Planet Saturn
How long is one Saturn month?
What do you mean by "Saturn month"? On Earth, a "month" is based upon the time it takes the Moon to orbit the Earth or to go through its phases. Saturn has several large moons; you can look up their periods of revolution around Saturn if you like. Titan is easily Saturn's largest moon You could define a "Saturn month" based on Titan's period of revolution, but there is no such term in general use. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Planetary Science, The Moon
How many moons are near the sun?
That depends on what you consider "near". It's a fact that the moons in the solar system are heavily concentrated in conjunction with the outer planets. Starting at the center of the solar system and working outward: by the time you've passed and inventoried the neighborhoods of four planets ... Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars ... you've only counted three moons. But then, at the next two planets ... Jupiter and Saturn, you add over 120 more! ...
Asked in Planet Saturn
Which one of Saturns moons is the closest to Saturn?
it depends what time it is because like superman lemons need their hankeis that are German and the monkeys in the wheelchairs cant afford to keep their basins of soot and poo ...
Asked in Science, Astronomy, Planetary Science
What planet has a moon?
Many planets have moons, many do not. To list all is considerably time consuming, so you are advised to see the related links for links to and details of planets which (are suspected to) have moons or natural satellites. ...