The DART spacecraft will deliberately crash itself into the moonlet
at a speed of approximately 6 km/s or "nine times faster than a bullet".
A new study led by University of Idaho researchers suggests there could be two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets
orbiting near two of the planet's rings.
is too small to be resolved directly - it's less than half a mile across - but its gravity is still strong enough to affect the tiny particles that comprise Saturn's rings.
Nasa said: "It will change the moonlet
's speed in orbit enough to be measured by Earth telescopes."
DART will be programmed to collide with the moonlet
at the speed of 6 kilometers per second.
A seventh unnamed "moonlet
" was found embedded in Saturn's B ring.
"The theory holds that Saturn long ago had a much more massive ring system capable of giving birth to larger moons," says Carl Murray, who led the discovery of Saturn's newest moonlet
. "As the moons formed near the edge, they depleted the rings and evolved, so the ones that formed earliest are the largest and the farthest out." It is believed that the rings are now so depleted that Peggy, which is only around half a mile wide, was probably Saturn's last and rather pathetic attempt at birthing a new moon.
New York, NY, October 05, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Hudson Vandam LLC, a sales and distribution company focused on marketing German, Swiss and European products in the US, announced the launch of Moonlet
(winner of the Focus Open 2011 Silver Award for Excellence in product design) to the New York and U.S.
Once, it might have had a friend sharing its orbit, a smaller moonlet
that adorned Earth's skies with another shifting face for tens of millions of years.
New York, NY, September 17, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Marcus Hoeglmeier, principal at aturon GmbH, today announced that Moonlet
is now available in the U.S.
Through the detections of shadows cast upon the rings, a moonlet
has been spotted for the first time in Saturn's dense B ring and narrow vertical structures are seen soaring upward from Saturn's intricate F ring.
In contrast, a smaller moonlet
would clear out two short arcs, one on either side of its location.
Washington, March 4 (ANI): NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found within Saturn's G ring an embedded moonlet
that appears as a faint, moving pinprick of light, which scientists believe is the main source of the G ring and its single ring arc.
Caption: If you could view through a 4,500-meter (180,000-inch) telescope above Earth's atmosphere, you could resolve features in Saturn's rings and on the 5-mile (8-km) moonlet
Daphnis as sharply as the Cassini Saturn orbiter did on January 16th, as seen above.
Four more years passed before Showalter spotted the bright moonlet
while using a computer program he wrote to analyze 30,000 lesser-quality Voyager photos.