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Time lapse of Paaliaq moving along its orbit that lead to its discovery
Discovered by Brett J. Gladman et al.
Discovery date in 2000
Saturn XX
S/2000 S 2
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 2000 Feb. 26.00
15.200 Gm
Eccentricity 0.3631
686.9 d
(1.88 yr)
Inclination 45.083°
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 22 km
Albedo 0.04 assumed
Spectral type
B−V=0.86, R−V=0.40

Paaliaq is a non-spherical moon of Saturn. It was found by Brett J. Gladman, John J. Kavelaars, Jean-Marc Petit, Hans Scholl, Matthew J. Holman, Brian G. Marsden, Philip D. Nicholson and Joseph A. Burns in early October 2000, and given the designation S/2000 S 2. It was named in August 2003 after a fictional shaman in the book The Curse of the Shaman, written by Michael Kusugak, who supplied Kavelaars with the names of giants from Inuit mythology that were used for other Saturnian moons.

Paaliaq is thought to be about 22 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 15,200,000 km in 687 days. It is a member of the Inuit group of non-spherical moons.

Together with Kiviuq and Siarnaq, Paaliaq has light-red colours, further supporting that the Inuit group might have been formed when a bigger body broken up.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Paaliaq (satélite) para niños

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