This shows the relative position of the new satellites with respect to where Saturn resides. These moons are the outmost moons of Saturn.
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Adapted from Image from Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur
Saturn Holds Title for Most Moons!
News story originally written on November 9, 2000
In October 2000, a group of astronomers announced their discovery of 4 new moons of Saturn
. This means Saturn
now has 22 moons while Uranus only has 21. For now, the names of these new moons are S/2000 S1, S/2000 S2, S/2000 S3 and S/2000 S4. They will be renamed once they are confirmed by Cassini.
These new moons are very small moons (less than 50 km across) and are likely icy moons. They are the outermost of all of Saturn's moons.
There may be a lot of other moons orbiting Saturn. It will be up to the Cassini probe's arrival in 2004 to do a recount of all of the moons of Saturn, including a verification of S/2000 S1-S4.
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