Albiorix (moon)

Brett Gladman et al.

Albiorix ( Saturn XXVI) is one of the smaller outer moons of the planet Saturn.


The discovery of Albiorix by a team consisting of Brett Gladman, John J. Kavelaars, Jean -Marc Petit, Hans Scholl, Matthew J. Holman, Brian G. Marsden, Philip D. Nicholson, Joseph A. Burns on recordings of 9 November until 17 December 2000, announced on 19 December 2000. Albiorix first received the provisional designation S/2000 S 11 was named after the moon Albiorix a deity from Celtic mythology, the ( Toutatis ) is also known under the name Toutatis.

Path data

Albiorix orbiting Saturn on an eccentric orbit at an average distance of 16,394,000 km in about 783 days and 11 hours. The orbital eccentricity is 0.4791, the web is highly inclined with 33.979 ° to the ecliptic. Albiorix part of the Gallic group of Saturn's moons.

Structure and physical data

Albiorix has a diameter of 26 km. Its density is 2.3 g/m3 compared to the other Saturn moons relatively high. He is probably composed of water ice with a high proportion of silicate rock. He has a very dark surface with an albedo of 0.06, that is, only 6% of the incident sunlight is reflected. With an apparent magnitude of 20.5 m, it is an extremely light faint object. The rotation period was measured by the Cassini - Huygens spacecraft is approximately 13 hours and 19 minutes.