moonlet

noun
moon·let | \ -lət \

Definition of moonlet 

: a small natural or artificial satellite

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Sometimes the chunks collide and coalesce into objects large enough to be called moons or at least moonlets. Steven Austad, AL.com, "Obituary for a star," 30 Oct. 2017 Cassini discovered six moons — some barely a mile or two across — as well as swarms of moonlets that are still part of Saturn’s rings. Washington Post, "NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft faces fiery finish," 12 Sep. 2017 Cassini scientists believe that this is one prominent region where large bodies, or moonlets, are found. Stav Ziv, Newsweek, "NASA's Cassini: Best Photos of Saturn and its Moons As Spacecraft Prepares for Grand Finale Death Dive," 6 Sep. 2017 While Enceladus and Titan stole the show, Cassini, on its way to taking a total of more than 450,000 images, documented the intricacies of Saturn and its orbiting rings and moonlets. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "After a dive into Saturn, Cassini spacecraft melts into history," 15 Sep. 2017 According to Kaplan, about 20 moonlets likely combined to form the current moon. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moons," 11 Jan. 2017 On close inspection, Saturn’s rings — the jewels of the solar system — dissolved into 10,000 grooves, like a vinyl record’s, braided, kinked and patrolled by tiny moonlets. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "A Reverie for the Voyager Probes, Humanity’s Calling Cards," 21 Aug. 2017 According to Kaplan, about 20 moonlets likely combined to form the current moon. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moons," 11 Jan. 2017 Each impact would have ejected a disk of molten earth that slowly coalesced into a moonlet. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "The Many-Moons Theory," 9 Jan. 2017

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1832, in the meaning defined above

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