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Bestla, Moon of Saturn

Bestla is a Moon that orbits round the planet Saturn. Its orbit circumference, the total distance it travels round its planetary parent is 119,926,793.86 km. The furthest it gets from its orbital parent (apoasis) is 29,885,716 km. Its density has been calculated at being 2.3 g/cm3. Its volume is 180 km3.

Bestla was discovered on 12 December 2004 by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna.

The orbital period, i.e. the period it takes to complete an orbit round Saturn is 1088.02 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 20,278,000 km, which is the furthest point from the centre to the edge of an elliptical point.

The equatorial circumference of Bestla is 22.0 km. The mean radius, that is the average radius of Bestla is 3.5 (assuming an albedo of 0.04) km. The surface area of Bestla is 153.94 km2. The average orbit velocity, that is the speed at which it orbits is 4,595.2 km/h.

The orbital inclination, the angle at which Bestla orbits in relation to the orbital plane is 141.739 degrees. The orbital eccentricity is 0.4738, it is the degree at which Bestla orbits close to a circular (0) orbit as opposed to an elliptical (1) orbit.

Bestla Facts

Orbital Circumference119,926,793.86 km
Furthest from parent (Apoasis)29,885,716 km
Density2.3 g/cm3
Volume180 km3
Date of Discovery12 December 2004
DiscovererScott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt and Jan T. Kleyna
Orbital Period1088.02
Semi-Major Axis20,278,000 km
Equatorial Circumference22.0 km
Mean Radius3.5 (assuming an albedo of 0.04) km
Surface Area153.94 km2
Average Orbit Velocity4,595.2 km/h
Orbital Inclination141.739
Orbital Eccentricity0.4738

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