Aegir is a small moon of Saturn’s that was discovered in 2004 and observed until 2005. It’s also known as Saturn XXXVI.
- Dimensions: 6 km in diameter
- Mass: unknown
- Density: unknown
- Surface gravity: unknown
- Albedo: unknown
- Temperature: unknown
- Mean orbital radius: 20,751,000 km
- Orbital period: 1,117.52 d (retrograde)
- Inclination: 140°
- Eccentricity: 0.237
Aegir is a sea giant from Norse mythology. He is known for hosting parties for the gods and serving ale brewed in a large cauldron. He is the son of Fornjótr and the brother of Logi and Kári.
5 Interesting Facts
1. Aegir was discovered at the same time as 11 other moons of Saturn by the use of telescopes on Mauna Kea.
2. It’s in a retrograde orbit, meaning it orbits backwards when compared to most satellites.
3. It takes more than 3 years to orbit Saturn.
4. Scott S. Sheppard, one of the discoverers of Aegir, has discovered/co-discovered 75 moons as of this date (May 4, 2014).
5. It’s really hard to write 5 interesting facts about a moon that has very little known about it. There isn’t even a photo available that I could find.