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Pan
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.
Discovery
Discovered by M. R. Showalter
Discovery date July 16, 1990
Names
Adjective Pandean
Orbit
Longest distance from the center of its orbital path
("semi-major axis")
133,584.0±0.1 km
How long it takes to complete an orbit 0.575050718 days (13.801217 hours)
Angle above the reference plane
("inclination")
0.0001°±0.0004°
What it orbits Saturn
Size and other qualities
Measurements 34.4 × 31.4 × 20.8 km
Average radius 14.1 ± 1.3 km
Mass 4.95 ± 0.75 ×1015 kg
Average density 0.42 ± 0.15 g/cm³
Surface gravity 0.0001–0.0018 m/s2
Escape velocity ~0.006 km/s
Rotation period synchronous
Angle at which it turns
(in relation to its orbit)
zero
How much light it reflects 0.5
Avg. surface temp. ~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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