- Moon Name: Hyperion
- Designation: Saturn VII
- Date Discovered: September 16th, 1848
- Discovered by: W. & G. Bond and W. Lassell
- Average Orbit of Saturn: 932,637 miles
- Total Mass: 6,157,000,888,433,418 tons
- Surface Area: 88,425.92 square miles
14 Hyperion Facts for Kids
- Hyperion is one of Saturn’s 82 known moons (natural satellites).
- The moon Hyperion is named after the Titan god Hyperion.
- Hyperion is also designated as Saturn VII.
- Hyperion was discovered on September 16th, 1848 by William Bond, George Bond and William Lassell.
- The average orbit distance for Hyperion is 932,637 mi.
- The diameter of the moon Hyperion is 167.77 mi.
- The surface area of the moon Hyperion is 88,425.92 mi2.
- Hyperion has a very distinct irregular shape and was the first non-round moon discovered by astronomers.
- Hyperion is the second largest known moon in our Solar System with a highly irregular shape.
- One hypothesis for Hyperion’s irregular shape is a larger body was impacted in the distance past and Hyperion is a fragment from this impact event.
- The surface of Hyperion has an unexplained sponge-like appearance.
- The orientation of Hyperion is unpredictable due to its chaotic rotation.
- Based on data from the latest Cassini flyby, it’s estimated that Hyperion is mostly ice water and has very little rock.
- Voyager 2 and Cassini are the only two spacecrafts to photograph Hyperion.
Pictures of Saturn’s Moon Hyperion
A photo of the Saturn’s moon Hyperion.
A ultraviolet photo of the moon Hyperion.
A color-enhanced photo of Hyperion.
Additional Resources on Saturn’s Moon Hyperion
- In Depth View of Hyperion – Discover Saturn’s moon Hyperion on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
- Hyperion Moon Data – Compare the moon Hyperion and our planet Earth on the NASA Science Solar System Exploration website.
- Hyperion Moon Pictures – View photos of the moon Hyperion taken my NASA spacecrafts on the JPL Photojournal website.
- Hyperion (Moon) – Wikipedia – Learn more about the Saturn’s moon Hyperion on the Wikipedia website.