New Saturn moon is born
April 17 , 2014
Astronomers spotted a "fuzzy blob" near Saturn's ring but don't know for sure if "Peggy" is an actual moon.
The LA Times notes that the planet has 53 confirmed moons and nine more potential ones. "We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is just leaving the rings and heading off to be a moon in its own right," astronomer Carl Murray said. "We have not seen anything like this before."
Murray picked the name "Peggy" to honor his mother-in-law, who turned 80 the day he studied the images for the first time. Experts are attempting to get a closer look by next year.