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Tarqeq (/ˈtɑːrkɛk/ TAR-kek), also known as Saturn LII (provisional designation S/2007 S 1) is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on 13 April 2007 from observations taken between 5 January 2006 and 22 March 2007.[1][2] It is named after Tarqeq, the Inuit moon god,[3] and is a member of the Inuit group of irregular satellites. It is about seven kilometres in diameter.[4] The Cassini spacecraft observed Tarqeq over 1.5 days on 15–16 January 2014.

Discovered by Scott S. Sheppard
David C. Jewitt
Jan Kleyna
Brian G. Marsden
Discovery date 13 April 2007
Saturn LII
S/2007 S 1
Adjectives Tarqiup, ? Tarqeqian
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 2007 Apr. 10.0
17.9106 Gm
Eccentricity 0.1081
894.86 d
Inclination 49.90°
Physical characteristics
~3 d

The Tarqiup (Tarqeqian) orbit lies at an inclination of 49.90° (to the ecliptic; 49.77° to Saturn's equator), with an eccentricity of 0.1081[1] and a semi-major axis of 17.9106 Gm. Tarqeq orbits in a prograde direction with a period of 894.86 days.


  1. ^ a b c d MPEC 2007-G38: S/2007 S 1 13 April 2007 (discovery, prediscovery and ephemeris)
  2. ^ a b IAUC 8836: S/2007 S 1, S/2007 S 2, and S/2007 S 3[permanent dead link] 11 May 2007 (discovery)
  3. ^ IAUC 8873: Satellites of Saturn[permanent dead link] 20 September 2007 (naming)
  4. ^ Saturn's Known Satellites Archived 2008-01-19 at the Wayback Machine.