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The 400-meter moonlet "Earhart" in Saturn's A Ring, just outside the Encke Gap.

Moonlet is an informal term for a particularly small natural satellite. In astronomical literature, it has been used in at least two situations:

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  1. ^ Matthew S. Tiscareno et al. (2006). "100-metre-diameter moonlets in Saturn's A ring from observations of 'propeller' structures". Nature 440 (7084): 648–650. Bibcode:2006Natur.440..648T. doi:10.1038/nature04581. PMID 16572165. 
  2. ^ Miodrag Sremčević et al. (2007). "A belt of moonlets in Saturn's A ring". Nature 449 (7165): 1019–1021. Bibcode:2007Natur.449.1019S. doi:10.1038/nature06224. PMID 17960236. 
  3. ^ Carl D. Murray et al. (June 5, 2008). "The determination of the structure of Saturn's F ring by nearby moonlets". Nature (The Science and Technology Facilities Council) 453 (7196): 739–44. Bibcode:2008Natur.453..739M. doi:10.1038/nature06999. PMID 18528389. 
  4. ^ F. Marchis et al. (2005). "Discovery of the triple asteroidal system 87 Sylvia". Nature 436 (7052): 822–4. Bibcode:2005Natur.436..822M. doi:10.1038/nature04018. PMID 16094362. 

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