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Scientists discover Saturn’s new moon

Scientists discover Saturn’s new moon
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First Published: Wed, Mar 04 2009. 11 49 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 04 2009. 11 49 PM IST
Pasadena, US: Scientists have found a new faint moon hidden in one of Saturn’s outer rings.
The moon was spotted by the international Cassini spacecraft and measures about half a kilometre wide. It was announced on Tuesday in a notice by the International Astronomical Union.
Researchers have long puzzled over the formation of Saturn’s G ring, one of the planet’s more mysterious arcs. They now think the ring was formed from icy debris that scattered when meteorites crash into the new-found moon.
Scientists confirmed the moon’s existence last summer after analysing images from Cassini. Saturn has at least five dozen moons.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 04 2009. 11 49 PM IST