The Moons of Saturn

Saturn and its moons. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Saturn and its largest moons. Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

Saturn is well known for being a gas giant, and for its impressive ring system. But it would it surprise you to know that this planet also has the second-most moons in the Solar System, second only to Jupiter? Yes, Saturn has at least 150 moons and moonlets in total, though only 53 of these moons have been given official names.

Most of these moons are small, icy bodies that are little more than parts of its impressive ring system. In fact, 34 of those moons that have been named are less than 10 km in diameter, and another 14 are between 10 and 50 km in diameter. However, some of its inner and outer moons are among the largest and most dramatic in the Solar System, ranging from 250 to over 5000 km.

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