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Saturn Wins Satellite Title With New Moons

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Science  27 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5492, pp. 689
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5492.689a

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This week an international team of astronomers announced the discovery of four new moons of Saturn, restoring the ringed planet to its status as commander of the largest retinue of satellites in the solar system. Their appearance should help researchers understand not just how the new moons were formed but also how the giant planets themselves came to be.