Friday, November 14, 2003

Number of known natural satellites in the Solar System from Scott Sheppard's web site: 136
An article in the International Herald Tribune on August 12, 2003 contains quotes from some of the discoverers.

When I was in high school, the number known was 31. Most of the 136 are irregular satellites discovered from the Earth within the last few years. On June 11, 2004, Saturn's moon Phoebe
will be the first irregular satellite to be observed during a close flyby by the Cassini spacecraft about three weeks before it goes into orbit around Saturn. David Seal did some cool paintings of what Saturn might look like from four of its moons, including Phoebe.


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