Pan (moon)

Pan (moon)

Pan ( /ˈpæn/ PAN, Greek: Πάν) is the innermost moon of Saturn. It is a walnut-shaped small moon about 35 kilometres across and 23 km high that orbits within the Encke Gap in Saturn's A Ring. Pan acts as a ring shepherd and is responsible for keeping the Encke Gap free of ring particles.

It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter in 1990 from analysis of old Voyager 2 probe photos and received the provisional designation S/1981 S 13 because the discovery images dated back to 1981.

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... The moonwas named on 16 September 1991, after the mythological Pan who was (among other things) the god of shepherds ... This is a reference to Pans role as a shepherd moon ... There is also an asteroid called 4450 Pan ...

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