How many satellites does Saturn have?


As of June 2014, Saturn has 53 satellites and 9 provisional satellites. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is one of the gas giants and is known for its brightly colored rings.

Each of Saturn's moons is unique in its composition, orbit and size. For example, the first of Saturn's satellites was discovered in 1655 by Christiaan Huygens and was named Titan. Titan is the second-largest moon in the Solar system, and its size causes it to affect the orbits of nearby moons. Another moon, Phoebe, orbits Saturn in the opposite direction of most of the other moons. The moons Janus and Epimetheus pass so close to each other that they will occasionally switch orbits. Astronomers believe that other satellites may still be discovered orbiting Saturn.

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