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13 Saturn's Moons

TITAN

RHEA

IAPETUS

With 62 known moons, Saturn contains many unique worlds. The seven largest moons are spherical under the force of their own gravity: Titan, Iapetus, Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, Mimas and Enceladus.

NAMING

Seventeen of Saturn’s moons are named after Saturn’s mythological brothers and sisters, the Titans and the Titanesses. The other moons are named after Inuit, Gailic and Norse gods and goddesses.

TITAN

At 3,200 miles (5,150 km) in diameter, Titan is the second-largest moon in our solar system — even larger than the planet Mercury. Covered in thick, yellow clouds, it is the only moon to contain a substantial atmosphere. Lakes of liquid ethane/methane (similar to natural gas) were discovered on this moon's northern pole.

RHEA

The second-largest of Saturn’s moons, Rhea is an icy, cratered body. It shines brightly with a surface made up of ice and rock.

IAPETUS

Iapetus is the third-largest moon of Saturn. Half of it is bright while the other half is dark. It looks like a walnut with a giant ridge running across its equator.

 

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