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Atlas, Moon of Saturn

Atlas is a Moon that orbits round the planet Saturn. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 865,005.81 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 137,835 km. Its mass is estimated/calculated at being 6,594,141,105,627,650 kg. Its density has been calculated at being 0.46 g/cm3. Its volume is 14,422 km3.

It was discovered in the year 1980 by R. Terrile, Voyager 1.

The orbital period, i.e. the period it takes to complete an orbit round Saturn is 0.602 days. The figure is also known as the sidereel period. The figure comes from N.A.S.A..

The Semi-Major Axis of the orbit is 137,670 km, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The equatorial circumference of Atlas is 94.9 km. The mean radius, that is the average radius of Atlas is 15.1 km. The surface area of Atlas is 2,865.26 km2. The surface gravity of the said item is 0.002 m/s2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 59,870.3 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Atlas orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 0.003 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.0012, it is the degree at which Atlas orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Atlas Facts

Orbital Circumference865,005.81 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)137,835 km
Mass6,594,141,105,627,650 kg
Density0.46 g/cm3
Volume14,422 km3
Year of Discovery1980
DiscovererR. Terrile, Voyager 1
Orbital Period0.602
Semi-Major Axis137,670 km
Equatorial Circumference94.9 km
Mean Radius15.1 km
Surface Area2,865.26 km2
Surface Gravity0.002 m/s2
Average Orbit Velocity59,870.3 km/h
Orbital Inclination0.003
Orbital Eccentricity0.0012

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