Features of Saturn's moons



According to scientists, many of Saturn's moons began to accompany him recently.The fact that this planet is large and strong gravitational field, which allows it to attract even large asteroids and comets.With this number of satellites of Saturn can be increased while most of these celestial bodies are so different in size and a little distant from the planet's orbit that detect them is very difficult. One of the facts that speak in favor of this theory is that Saturn has at least 38 satellites, with an irregular, ie,highly elongated, "reverse" or larger orbit inclination relative to the equator.

At Saturn's moons have two amazing feature
s.First, almost all of them with a few exceptions are always turned to one side of the planet - the moon to the Earth.Second, the periods of rotation of the celestial bodies in most cases is either equal to, or are equal values.For example, Tethys, Calypso and Telesto require the same amount of time to make a full circle.This Mimas orbits Saturn exactly twice as fast as any of these satellites, and Enceladus - twice as fast as Dion. This is partly retention and provides a constant movement of luxury rings of the planet.

most interesting moons of Saturn



Of course, the most famous is a satellite of the planet Titan, and there are several reasons.Firstly, it is the largest celestial body rotating around Saturn and the second largest moon in the Solar System.In size it is second only to Ganymede.Secondly, it is the only moon in our solar system that has its own atmosphere.It can boast only a few of the planet, not to mention the relatively small celestial bodies.

But the third reason is the most important.For a long time considered a copy of the Earth Titan, as it was highly likely that this planet is not only the atmosphere, but also a large amount of ice on the surface, and therefore there may develop life.Unfortunately, recent studies showed that the atmosphere of the satellite consists mostly of nitrogen, and its ice oceans - methane and ethane.

interest are Enceladus and Mimas.Mimas is unique in that nearly a third of its diameter falls on the huge impact crater formed by a collision with another celestial body.For scientists, it remains a mystery how the satellite survived after such a disaster.Enceladus is known for its unique geysers emitted powerful streams of ice particles and volcanoes spewing chunks of ice in half steam.