- Paaliaq (moon)
ref_discovery=Discovery Circumstances [http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?sat_discovery (JPL)] ]
name=Paaliaq - Saturn XX
Brett J. Gladmanet al.
epoch=2000 Feb. 26.00
ref_orb_elems=Mean orbital parameters [http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?sat_elem from NASA JPL] ]
period=686.9 d (1.88 yr)
diameter=22 km [http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/~sheppard/satellites/satsatdata.html Scott Sheppard pages] ]
color="red" B-V=0.86 R-V=0.40Grav, T.; and Bauer, J.; [http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0611590 "A deeper look at the colors of Saturnian irregular satellites"] ]
Paaliaq (pronEng|ˈpɑːliɑːk "PAH-lee-ahk)" is a
progradeirregular satellite of Saturn. It was discovered by Brett J. Gladman, John J. Kavelaars, Jean-Marc Petit, Hans Scholl, Matthew J. Holman, Brian G. Marsden, Philip D. Nicholsonand Joseph A. Burnsin early October 2000[ [http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iauc/07500/07512.html IAUC 7512: "S/2000 S 1 and S/2000 S 2"] 2000 October 25(discovery)] [ [http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/mpec/K00/K00Y15.html MPEC 2000-Y15: "S/2000 S 1, S/2000 S 2, S/2000 S 7, S/2000 S 8, S/2000 S 9"] 2000 December 19(discovery and ephemeris)] , and given the temporary designation S/2000 S 2. It was named in August 2003 after a fictional shaman in the book "The Curse of the Shaman," written by Michael Kusugak, who supplied Kavelaars with the names of giants from Inuit mythologythat were used for other Saturnian moons.
Paaliaq is thought to be about 22 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 15.2 Gm in 687 days. It is a member of the Inuit group of irregular satellites. It also has a proximity with 9 other moons reaching up to ten miles from each.
Together with Kiviuq and Siarnaq, Paaliaq displays "light-red" colours and similar
infraredspectrum, further supporting the thesis of a possible common origin of the Inuit group in the break-up of a larger bodyGladman, B. J.; Nicholson, P. D.; Burns, J. A.; Kavelaars, J. J.; Marsden, B. G.; Holman, M. J.; Grav, T.; Hergenrother, C. W.; Petit, J.-M.; Jacobson, R. A.; and Gray, W. J.; [http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v412/n6843/abs/412163a0.html "Discovery of 12 satellites of Saturn exhibiting orbital clustering"] , Nature, 412 ( 2001 July 12), pp. 163–166] .
*Ephemeris [http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/NatSats/NaturalSatellites.html IAU-MPC NSES]
* [http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/~jewitt/irregulars.html David Jewitt pages]
* [http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/~sheppard/satellites/satsatdata.html Scott Sheppard pages]
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