posted on Feb, 28 2013 @ 07:05 PM
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by Tindalos2013
Yup it has 60
Ooops correction it does have 62 moons.
That's what the sources say, but I don't think so....there are over 100 if you count what's in this small sample, and probably over 1000
since we don't seem to know exactly what a moon is:
Moons of Saturn
a precise number of Saturnian moons cannot be given, as there is no objective boundary between the countless small anonymous objects that form
Saturn's ring system and the larger objects that have been named as moons. At least 150 moonlets embedded in the rings have been detected by the
disturbance they create in the surrounding ring material, though this is thought to be only a small sample of the total population of such
I tried to find a definition of a moon, then found something called a "moonlet
Moonlet is an informal term for a particularly small natural satellite. In astronomical literature, it has been used in at least two
But since it's an informal term, we still have the problem of not having a good definition of a moon.
So we need 149 more of these threads, for the remaining 149 moons/moonlets in Saturn's rings that are thought to be there, and if that's only a small
sample, probably over 1000 more.
Anyone care to make a better definition of a moon? Seems like we need one, maybe using mass, or size dimension, as the cutoff for the "objective
boundary between the countless small anonymous objects that form Saturn's ring system and the larger objects that have been named as moons".
reply to post by Astyanax
Your guess is as good as mine, but yes, there's a lot.
edit on 28-2-2013 by Arbitrageur because: clarification