Astronomers have long believed that Saturn’s rings and moons were perhaps formed by some sort of collision (AFP Photo/HO)More
Washington (AFP) – Nestled between Saturn’s rings are a collection of mini-moons that NASA’s Cassini spacecraft skimmed past in 2017.
On Thursday, for the first time, astronomers and scientists are detailing their findings about the moons in the US journal Science.
Pan, Daphnis, Atlas, Pandora and Epimetheus each measure between eight and 116 kilometers (five to 72 miles) in diameter. They are either round, shaped like flying saucers or resemble potatoes.
They are wedged in the gaps separating the planet’s rings.
Cassini spent 13 years near Saturn.
In its final year of operation, it inserted itself between the rings, sending data back to Earth until it went dark on September 13,