Pan (moon) facts for kids
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|
|Longest distance from the center of its orbital path
|How long it takes to complete an orbit||0.575050718 days (13.801217 hours)|
|Angle above the reference plane
|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|
|Angle at which it turns
(in relation to its orbit)
|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 .
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