The 400-meter moonlet "Earhart" in Saturn's A Ring, just outside the Encke Gap.

Moonlet is an informal term for a particularly small natural satellite. In astronomical literature, it has been used in at least two situations:

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  • moonlet — [mo͞on′lit΄] n. a small moon or artificial satellite …   English World dictionary

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  • moonlet — noun Date: 1832 a small natural or artificial satellite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moonlet — /moohn lit/, n. a small natural or artificial satellite, as one of a number of natural satellites thought to be embedded in the ring system of Saturn. [1825 35; MOON + LET] * * * …   Universalium

  • moonlet —    See amulet …   Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology

  • moonlet — muːnlɪt n. small man made or natural satellite …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moonlet — moon·let …   English syllables

  • moonlet — moon•let [[t]ˈmun lɪt[/t]] n. astron. a small natural or artificial satellite • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

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