Rhea spacepedia

Planet of Origin



G.D. Cassini

Date of Discovery

December 23, 1672

Surface Color


Alternate Names

Saturn V

Rhea, also known as Saturn V, is a natural satellite of the outer planet, Saturn. Rhea was discovered on December 23, 1672, by the astronomer G.D. Cassini. It is the ninth-largest moon.

Surface FeaturesEdit

The surface of Rhea is relatively smooth, with a large amount of medium-sized craters located throughout the surface.

Rings Edit

Rhean rings PIA10246 Full res

An artist's impression of Rhea's rings. The density of the particles has been exaggerated.

The Saturnian moon Rhea may have a tenuous ring system consisting of three narrow, relatively dense bands within a particulate disk. This would be the first discovery of rings around a moon. The potential discovery was announced in the journal Science on March 6, 2008.

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