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shepherd satellite Syllabification: shep·herd sat·el·lite
(also shepherd moon)

Definition of shepherd satellite in English:


A small moon orbiting close to a planetary ring, especially of Saturn, and whose gravitational field confines the ring within a narrow band.
Example sentences
  • For one thing, the particles in some of the rings are corralled into narrow bands by the so-called shepherd moons: teeny satellites that orbit near the rings.
  • Atlas and other moons exist outside the main ring system, as do the two F ring shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora.
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