Loge (moon)

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Loge (/ˈlɔɪ./ LOY-ay or spelling pronunciation /ˈlɡ/ LOH-gee), or Saturn XLVI (provisional designation S/2006 S 5), is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on 26 June 2006, from observations taken between January and April 2006.

Loge is about 6 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 23,142.0 Mm in 1314.364 days, at an inclination of 166.5° to the ecliptic (165.3° to Saturn's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.1390.

It was named in April 2007, after Loge (also spelled Logi), a fire giant from Norse mythology, son of Fornjót, sometimes confused with the god Loki. These two figures were merged into Loge in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen.