Planet Saturn has 145 moons. Titan, the largest moon, contains a thick atmosphere and represents 96% of the mass of all Saturnian moons. Titan can be viewed with binoculars. In addition, there are thousands of small "propeller" moonlets believed to be embedded in the A ring of Saturn.
Titan, Enceladus, Dione, and Mimas are believed to harbor subsurface oceans.
Saturn's ring shepherd moons are Atlas (A Ring), Pan (Encke Gap), Daphnis (Keeler Gap), Pandora (F Ring), and Prometheus (F Ring).
The following moons are the source material for a number of outer rings and ring arcs beyond the main F Ring.
Anthe Ring Arc
Methone Ring Arc
All moons are displayed by size from largest to smallest.
ε Ring maker
Phoebe Ring maker
Janus/Epimetheus Ring maker
F Ring shepherd
ε Ring, Dione Trojan
A Ring shepherd
Encke Gap shepherd
&spsilon; Ring, Tethys trojan
ε Ring, Tethys Trojan
Keeler Gap shepherd
Pallene Ring maker
Methone Ring Arc maker
ε Ring, Dione trojan
Anthe Ring arc maker
G Ring maker
B Ring moonletclosest & smallest moon
Saturn moons can be classified into various groups whereby all moons in a group have similar orbits and often share a common origin.
Inner large group - 4 large moons that orbit inside of the E Ring
Alkyonides - 3 small moons that orbit between Mimas and Enceladus inside of the E Ring
Outer large group - 4 large moons that orbit outside of the E Ring
Gallic group - 4 small irregular outer moons
Inuit group - 8 small irregular outer moons
Norse group - 46 small irregular outer moons
* Size = 1 is the the largest
** Distance = 1 is the closest in orbit
Provisional moons are named according to the year and order in which they were discovered. Once more data from these moons are confirmed, they will be assigned permanent "friendly" names.
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