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Tarqeq (pronounced /ˈtɑrkeɪk/ TAR-kayk), also known as Saturn LII (provisional designation S/2007 S 1) is a natural satellite of Saturn. Its discovery was announced by Scott S. Sheppard, David C. Jewitt, Jan Kleyna, and Brian G. Marsden on April 13, 2007, from observations taken between January 5, 2006 and March 22, 2007.[1][2]

The semi-major axis of S/2007 S 1 is 17.9106 Gm and it orbits Saturn in 894.86 days. The orbit at an inclination of 49.90° (to the ecliptic; 49.77° to Saturn's equator), in a prograde direction and with an eccentricity of 0.1081.[1] The diameter of the moon is seven kilometres.[3] It is a member of the Inuit group of irregular satellites.

Tarqeq is named after Tarqeq, the Inuit moon god.[4]


1. ^ a b c d e MPEC 2007-G38: S/2007 S 1 April 13, 2007 (discovery, prediscovery and ephemeris)
2. ^ a b IAUC 8836: S/2007 S 1, S/2007 S 2, and S/2007 S 3 May 11, 2007 (discovery)
3. ^ Saturn's Known Satellites
4. ^ IAUC 8873: Satellites of Saturn September 20, 2007 (naming)

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