Farbauti (moon)

Farbauti /fɑːrˈbti/ or Saturn XL is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on May 4, 2005, from observations taken between December 12, 2004, and March 9, 2005.

Farbauti
Discovery
Discovered byScott S. Sheppard
David C. Jewitt
Jan T. Kleyna
Brian G. Marsden
Discovery dateDecember 2004
Designations
Designation
Saturn XL
Pronunciation/fɑːrˈbti/
S/2004 S 9
Orbital characteristics[1]
20390000 km
Eccentricity0.206
−1086.1 days
Inclination156.4°
Satellite ofSaturn
GroupNorse group
Physical characteristics
Mean diameter
5+50%
−30%
 km
24.7

Farbauti is about 5 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 20,291 Mm in 1079.099 days, at an inclination of 158° to the ecliptic (131° to Saturn's equator), in a retrograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.209.

It was named in April 2007 after Fárbauti, a storm giant from Norse mythology, father of Loki.

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