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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Twelve New Moons for Saturn

Adding the net count to 34 moons in all.
New studies support the theory that Saturn's moon Phoebe was captured from the outer solar system by the planet's gravitational pull rather than formed in place. The discovery gives scientists the chance to study an object that has not changed much since the birth of the solar system.
Astronomers trying to perfect a model for how the solar system formed got a dozen tiny steps closer to their goal last week, thanks to the discovery of 12 additional moons around Saturn.
Yet the mystery remains unresolved.

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Saturn's ODD Moon Out

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