The Small Satellites
Although similar in composition to the large icy moons, the small satellites of Saturn are much more irregular in shape. Hyperion, shown here in a photo taken by Voyager 2, is a highly cratered body of dirty ice.
|Several of the smaller satellites have unique
orbits, ranging from the backwards, or retrograde, orbit of Phoebe to
the tiny moons that actually share the same orbit. Discovered in 1966,
these two co-orbital satellites pass each other every four years, but
never collide because of gravitational interactions.
Voyager montage of the small satellites of Saturn.
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