Quick Reference

The innermost known satellite of Saturn, orbiting within the Encke Gap in the A Ring at a distance of 133 580 km; also known as Saturn XVIII. Its orbital period is 0.575 days and its mean diameter about 28 km. Pan was discovered in 1990 on photographs taken nine years earlier by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Reference entries