View Full Version : Saturn's 60th moon discovered

2007-Jul-20, 02:07 PM
As reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6908190.stm)

A new moon has been discovered orbiting Saturn - bringing the planet's latest moon tally up to 60.
The body was spotted in a series of images taken by cameras onboard the Cassini spacecraft.

Initial calculations suggest the moon is about 2km-wide (1.2 miles) and its orbit sits between those of two other Saturnian moons, Methone and Pallene.

The moon, currently dubbed Frank by the scientists who discovered it, has yet to be officially named. This decision will be taken by the International Astronomical Union.

Things are getting a bit out of hand so the IAU will have to redefine a "moon" perhaps we can downgrade some objects to dwarf-moon status :whistle:

2007-Jul-20, 02:47 PM
ToSeeked (http://www.bautforum.com/astronomy/62315-hello-frank.html), though not obvious by the thread title.