Describe 3 of the moons of Saturn.

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Saturn has a considerable diversity of moons.

Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system (Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest). It is larger and more massive than our own moon and the dwarf planet Pluto, and larger but less massive than the planet Mercury. Titan has a characteristically uniform orange-yellow color due to the abundance of methane in its atmosphere. The atmosphere itself is one of its unique traits; no other moon comes close to having an atmosphere as substantial as Titan's, and it is even more massive and dense than our own. 

Visual observation of the surface of Titan is difficult because of the thick cloud cover, although infrared and radar scans have mapped it. Probes have indicated that there are lakes of liquid methane on the surface, made possible by the fact that the average temperature is around -200C, far colder than any ecosystem on Earth. Nevertheless, there is growing evidence of complex chemistry taking place on Titan. There is also evidence of cryovolcanism (ice eruptions), possibly caused by tectonic activity or tidal stress from Saturn's immense gravity. This in turn indicates the possibility of a subsurface "ocean" of liquids, including water.

This diverse and complex environment makes Titan a more likely location for life to originate, and astrobiologists have speculated extensively on the origins and form of any potential life.

Enceladus is another candidate for life, and it shares some features with Titan. It is considerably smaller and less massive than Titan, and has only a trace of atmosphere. Its surface appears diverse, with weathering features such as cracks and striations, and is a largely uniform off-white color due to being composed primarily of ice.

The most active region of Enceladus is the southern polar area, which is distinguished by four distinct "tiger stripes" which are geologically young and different from the surrounding region, relatively warmer, and a source of cryovolcanism. Enceladus is hypothesized to have a liquid water ocean beneath its surface, which is "stirred" by tectonic activity and ejected.

Daphnis is a very small, irregular moon that orbits Saturn within the rings, in a region called the Keeler Gap. Daphnis exerts enough gravity of its own that it acts as a "shepherd", keeping the Gap free of particles and causing it to appear as a dark circle within the rings. Little is known about Daphnis because it has not been closely approached or inspected, but it is suspected to be either a captured asteroid, or a shattered fragment of the bodies that created the rings in the first place. Many of the non-spherical moons of Saturn share this origin theory.

Wiggin42 | Student

There are 62 known moons orbiting Saturn and of those, 53 are named. Most of the moons are greyish clumps of rock roughly a mile across. However, there are quite a few spectacular ones.

Titan is the only moon of Saturn that has ever had a probe land on it. Titan has a thick atmosphere and many " Earth - like processes " .  It has liquid ethane and methane flowing on the surface. It also has ethane and methane rains from the atmosphere.

Mimas is a grey spherical moon with a huge 88 mile crater on its surface. Its joking called a " Death Star " because it resembles the machine from Star Wars.

Encleadus is made up water ice. Temperatures are at a stable -330 degrees Fahrenheit. It might have a liquid interior.

astrosonuthird | Student

My favorite moon of saturn is Titan.


It is the biggest of all but not bigger than Ganymede (the largest moon of Jupiter)

astrosonu | Student

Yikes! I forgot about explaining the last moon. Sorry!


Lapetus = The moon lapetus is famous because of its huge ridge. The spacecraft Cassini orbiter clicked many photos of the sattelite of saturn.

astrosonu | Student

Hello! There are 63 moons of the saturn or there may be even more. LIke, 1. Kiving 2. Rhea 3. Calypso 5. Titan and many more.


Titan = It is the largest moon of saturn and the second largest moon in our solar system. It is covered with many clouds so we can't see its surface.


Rhea = Rhea the one of the 63 moons of saturn was discovered by GD Cassini. I think the space crafft Cassini oriter was named after him.


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justis | Student

one is made of deadly methathol  but looks just like earth its is really cool i forgot the name but you can look it up with the iformation i am giving you if you ask me science gets more intstering after you do  the resezrch

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giorgiana1976 | Student

We know that Saturn has more moons than any other planet, 62 officially, and counting. Of these 62 moons, 53 are classified as moons and 9 are unofficial moons

We'll describe the twelfth moon from Saturn,discovered in 1684 by Cassini, Dione, who was the mother of Venus, in greek mythology. Dione is the heaviest of Saturn's moons.

Titan is the largest moon orbiting Saturn, and the second largest moon in the Solar System. Its diameter is bigger than the diameters of both the planets Mercury and Pluto.

Phoebe was discovered by Pickering in 1898 and it is darker than most of the other moons of Saturn. Since it orbits Saturn from top to bottom instead of around its equator, Phoebe seems more like a captured asteroid, or comet.Phoebe is the daughter of Uranus, and Earth, in greek mythology.