Kari or Saturn XLV (provisional designation S/2006 S 2) is a moon of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on June 26, 2006, from observations taken between January and April 2006.
Kari is about 7 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Saturn at an average distance of 22,305,100 km in 1243.71 days, at an inclination of 148.4° to the ecliptic (151.5° to Saturn's equator), with an eccentricity of 0.3405.
It was named in April 2007 after Kári, son of Fornjót, the personification of wind in Norse mythology.
References[change | change source]
- Institute for Astronomy Saturn Satellite Data
- IAUC 8727: Satellites of Saturn 2006 June 30 (discovery)
- MPEC 2006-M45: Eight New Satellites of Saturn 2006 June 26 (discovery and ephemeris)
- IAUC 8826: Satellites of Jupiter and Saturn (subscription-only) 2007 April 5 (Naming the moon)