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More moons for Saturn.

Saturn's retinue of known moons has increased yet again. In October, a team led by Brett Gladman of the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azure in Nice, France, announced the discovery of four previously unrecognized moons belonging to the ringed planet (SN: 11/4/00, p. 298). Those finds crowned Saturn as the planet with the most moons.

Now, Saturn has broken its own record. The same team has found two additional far-flung moons, each residing an average distance of slightly under 15 million kilometers from Saturn. That raises Saturn's moon count to 24, the team reports in a Nov. 18 circular of the International Astronomical Union.
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