Bebhionn (moon)

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Bebhionn (/bɛˈvn/ be-VEEN) or Saturn XXXVII (37) (provisional designation S/2004 S 11) is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on 4 May 2005 from observations taken between 12 December 2004 and 9 March 2005.

Bebhionn is about 6 kilometres in diameter and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 16,898 Mm in 820.130 days at an inclination of 41° to the ecliptic (18° to Saturn's equator) and with an eccentricity of 0.333. The rotation period was measured by the ISS camera of the Cassini spacecraft to ~16 hours.[1]

It was named in April 2007 after Bébinn, an early Irish mythology goddess of birth, who was renowned for her beauty.

This image of Bebhionn was taken by the Cassini probe.
movie of Bebhionn

References[edit]

  1. ^ T. Denk, S. Mottola, et al. (2011): Rotation Periods of Irregular Satellites of Saturn. EPSC/DPS conference 2011, Nantes (France), abstract 1452.