Pan (moon) facts for kids

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Pan side view.jpg
Pan amid the rings of Saturn. The 'side' view gives Pan the appearance of being embedded in the rings, although it actually travels within the Encke Gap.
Discovered by M. R. Showalter
Discovery date July 16, 1990
Adjectives Pandean
Orbital characteristics
Semi-major axis
133,584.0±0.1 km
Eccentricity 0.0000144±0.0000054
0.575050718 days (13.801217 hours)
Inclination 0.0001°±0.0004°
Satellite of Saturn
Physical characteristics
Dimensions 34.4 × 31.4 × 20.8 km
Mean radius
14.1 ± 1.3 km
Mass 4.95 ± 0.75 ×1015 kg
Mean density
0.42 ± 0.15 g/cm³
0.0001–0.0018 m/s2
~0.006 km/s
Albedo 0.5
Temperature ~78 K

Pan is a moon of Saturn. It is the closest moon to the planet, orbiting 133,600 km above Saturn's cloud tops. It was discovered in 1990 by Mark Showalter. He discovered Pan when he was analysing the photos taken by Voyager 2. It orbits inside the Encke gap which it has made Saturn's A Ring.

Pan was named after the Greek god Pan on 16 September 1991. It is also known as Saturn XVIII.

Its mass is in the range 4.95 \pm 0.75 \times 10^{15} kg.

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