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Ijiraq (ee'-ye-raak or ee'-ji-raak) is a natural satellite of Saturn. It was discovered by the team of John J. Kavelaars, et al. in 2000, and given the temporary designation S/2000 S 6. It is also designated as Saturn XXII. It is now named after the Ijiraq, a creature of Inuit mythology. Moons of solar system scaled to Earths Moon The common noun moon (not capitalized) is used to mean any natural satellite of the other planets. ... Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 140 kPa Hydrogen >93% Helium >5% Methane 0. ... JJ Kavelaars is a Canadian astronomer who was part of a team that discovered several moons of Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... In Inuit mythology the ijiraq is a sort of boogeyman who kidnaps children and hides them forever. ... Inuit mythology has many similarities to the religions of other polar regions. ...


Ijiraq is about 10 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 11,372 Mm in 452.760 days, at an inclination of 50° to the ecliptic (31° to Saturn's equator), and with an eccentricity of 0.343. Inclination is one of the six orbital parameters describing the shape and orientation of a celestial orbit and is the angular distance of the orbital plane from the plane of the reference (usually planets equator or the ecliptic), stated in degrees. ... The plane of the Ecliptic is well seen in this picture from the 1994 lunar prospecting Clementine spacecraft. ... In astrodynamics, under standard assumptions any orbit must be of conic section shape. ...


Kavelaars, an astronomer at McMaster University, suggested this name to help astronomical nomenclature to get out of its Greco-Romano-Renaissance rut. He spent several months trying to find names that were both multi-cultural and Canadian, consulting Amerindian scholars without finding a name that seemed appropriate. In March 2001, he was reading an Inuit tale to his children and had a revelation. The ijiraq plays at hide-and-seek, which is what these small moons of Saturn do: they are hard to find, and cold like the Canadian arctic (the team of discoverers includes Canadians, Norwegians and IcelandersNordicity is their common trait). Kavelaars contacted the author of the tale, Michael Kusugak, to get his assent, and the latter also suggested the names for Kiviuq and 90377 Sedna.
McMaster University is a medium-sized research-intensive university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with an enrollment of 16,771 full-time and 3,599 part-time students (as of 2004). ... Greco-Roman refers to the culture of Ancient Greece and Classical Rome and reflects the essential unity of the Mediterranean world at the time when those cultures flourished, between the 8th century BC and the 5th century AD. Categories: Historical stubs | Ancient Rome | Ancient Greece ... By Region: Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance *French Renaissance *German Renaissance *English Renaissance The Renaissance was an influential cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn of modern European history. ... Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of The Americas prior to the European colonization, and their modern descendants. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Tag (also known as it, had, he, tig, or other names) is an informal sport or game that usually involves one or more players attempting to tag other players by touching them with their hands. ... The Nordic countries (Greenland not shown) The Nordic countries is a term used collectively for five countries in Northern Europe. ... Kiviuq (kee-vee-oek or kiv-ee-uk) is a natural satellite of Saturn. ... 90377 Sedna is a trans-Neptunian object, discovered by Michael Brown (Caltech), Chad Trujillo (Gemini Observatory) and David Rabinowitz (Yale University) on November 14, 2003. ...

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Kiviuq (kee-vee-oek or kiv-ee-uk) is a natural satellite of Saturn. ... For other meanings see Phoebe. ...

Saturn's natural satellites

edit Atmospheric characteristics Atmospheric pressure 140 kPa Hydrogen >93% Helium >5% Methane 0. ... The Saturnian System (photographic montage) Saturn Rings and Satellites. ...

Pan | S/2005 S 1 | Atlas | Prometheus | S/2004 S 6 | S/2004 S 4 | S/2004 S 3 | Pandora | Epimetheus and Janus | Mimas | Methone | Pallene | Enceladus | Telesto, Tethys, and Calypso | Polydeuces, Dione, and Helene | Rhea | Titan | Hyperion | Iapetus | Kiviuq | Ijiraq | Phoebe | Paaliaq | Skathi | Albiorix | S/2004 S 11 | Erriapo | Siarnaq | S/2004 S 13 | Tarvos | Mundilfari | S/2004 S 17 | Narvi | S/2004 S 15 | S/2004 S 10 | Suttungr | S/2004 S 12 | S/2004 S 18 | S/2004 S 9 | S/2004 S 14 | S/2004 S 7 | Thrymr | S/2004 S 16 | Ymir | S/2004 S 8
see also: Rings of Saturn | Cassini-Huygens | Themis

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Natural satellite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (529 words)
Several moons are thought to be captured asteroids; others may be fragments of larger moons shattered by impacts, or (in the case of Earth's Moon) a portion of the planet itself blasted into orbit by a large impact.
Most moons in the solar system are tidally locked to their primaries, meaning that one side of the moon is always turned toward the planet.
Exceptions are Saturn's moon Hyperion, which rotates chaotically due to a variety of external influences, and the outermost moons of the gas giants, which are too far away to become 'locked' (an example is Saturn's moon Phoebe).
Ijiraq (moon) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (263 words)
Ijiraq (ee'-ye-raak or ee'-ji-raak) is a natural satellite of Saturn.
Ijiraq is about 10 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 11,372 Mm in 452.760 days, at an inclination of 50° to the ecliptic (31° to Saturn's equator), and with an eccentricity of 0.343.
The ijiraq plays at hide-and-seek, which is what these small moons of Saturn do: they are hard to find, and cold like the Canadian arctic (the team of discoverers includes Canadians, Norwegians and Icelanders—Nordicity is their common trait).
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