Encyclopedia Entry #9 – Albiorix

Albiorix is a small moon of Saturn’s that was discovered in 2000.  It’s also known as S/2000 S 11.

Data

  • Dimensions: 32 km in diameter
  • Mass: unknown
  • Density: unknown
  • Surface gravity: unknown
  • Albedo: 0.04
  • Temperature: unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 16,182,000 km
  • Orbital period: 783 d
  • Inclination: 34.207° (to the ecliptic)
  • Eccentricity: 0.477

Name Origin

Albiorix was a Gallic giant that’s said to have been king of the world.  It originated in Gaul (now France) and is associated with the Roman god Mars.

5 Interesting Facts

1. The colour has been determined to be light red.

2. It has a 13.19 hour rotation period.

3. It’s the largest member of a group of satellites called the Gallic satellites.  These satellites may have originally been a larger moon.

4. Colour variations suggest a large crater on the surface.  There’s a hypothesis that Erriapus and Tarvos may be fragments of Albiorix from this collision.

5. It was discovered by the team led by M. J. Holman, which has discovered a total of 11 satellites.

There isn’t much known about Albiorix, as it is orbiting quite far from Saturn.  There is no image available.

2 thoughts on “Encyclopedia Entry #9 – Albiorix”

  1. I used to know all the known moons, but they’ve kept discovering them at a fast pace since I stopped reading so many astronomy books.

    Saturn has so many moons that I guess they ran out of Greek titans.

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