Saturn’s Moon Pan

Saturn’s moon Pan — Pan, the innermost known satellite, was found from photographs taken by Voyager during its encounter with Saturn.

It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter in 1990, 9 years after the Voyager encounter.

Pan is located 133,583 kilometers from the center of Saturn and is within the Encke Gap of Saturn’s A-ring.

It acts as a shepherd and is responsible for keeping the Encke gap open. It has a diameter of 20 kilometers.


Discovered by: Mark R. Showalter; Voyager 2

Date of Discovery: 1990

Distance from Saturn: 133,583 km

Radius: 10 km

Orbital Period: 0.5750 days



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