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How many moons do you think Saturn has?

Less then 33 (its a mistake!!!)
1 (5%)
33 (current known amount)
2 (10%)
34-35
2 (10%)
36-40
3 (15%)
41-45
3 (15%)
So many its not worth counting
9 (45%)

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Offline Tellaris

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« on: August 23, 2004, 02:03:49 PM »
Saturn has a lot of moons.   Current amount is 33 I believe.   How many do you think it has?   Note, most of these moons are pretty much asteroids dragged into orbit.

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Offline Zircon

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2004, 02:28:33 PM »
As of Monday, August 16, 2004 the total tally of Saturn moons is 33. (take or give a day, taken from a news source)

However i don't doubt that the total amount of moons is atleast in the 40-50 number.
However such small "moons"  up around the 50 area that would be very hard see would probably be labelled small "satellites" instead... (smaller then ordinary asteroids)
« Last Edit: August 23, 2004, 02:35:50 PM by Zircon »

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2004, 02:52:18 PM »
is this really a dabate?

lets just say it has, alot

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2005, 11:13:19 AM »
I would say this debate is not haw many, but more, what defines a moon.

Saturn only has about 18 moons.
 The rest are just small chunks of rock not worthy of the title "moon"( In my opinion).  They keep adding more because detecting technology is getting better and we can see smaller and smaller objects.  When will it end?

Anyways, pehaps their title of "moon" is deserved as they are actually useful to Saturn in one way.  Most of these asteroid-moons are called shephard moons. The shephard moons are largely responsible for Saturn's beautiful ring system.  The moons do exactly what their naem suggests, guide the rings of Saturn (billions of small chunks of rock) into paths as well as help make them hold their shape.

Back to the problem.  When will it end?  I say there should be a limit on what defines a moon, possibly some sort of mathematical equation, or just a fixed number on the minimum requirements of a moon.  I vote less that 33 because I believe the hit the number of moons Saturn has now and are just wasting time naming small asteroids that just so happen to be orbiting Saturn.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2005, 11:14:44 AM by Shuffles »

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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2005, 02:28:10 PM »
Interesting topic, but the decision is completely arbitrary as to what people will call a moon. Does it really matter?  

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2005, 02:58:35 PM »
no
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2005, 08:10:47 PM »
correct.

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2005, 12:01:29 AM »
Moon = satellite
Satellite != moon !

even our little planets has 100's of satellites orbitting it, yet only 1 moon. Definition of a satellite is 'something that orbits another body' wich also includes that 'body' can be anything. even our moon could have satellites..
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2005, 08:33:00 AM »
space junk, collect it all and make a moon, lol
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