Monday, 14 October, 2019

Saturn Outshines Jupiter With Discovery Of 20 New Moons

Red lines encircling a ball Saturn declared most moonfluential planet after follower count reaches 82
Elijah Vega | 12 October, 2019, 03:28

Jupiter, the biggest planet and the past record holder, has 79 known moons.

The discovery was announced this week by the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center.

A gas monster that is the second-biggest planet in our solar system, Saturn now has more known moons than some other planet. Jupiter's Ganymede is nearly half the size of Earth.

By contrast, Saturn's 20 new moons are minuscule, each barely 5km in diameter.

"Using some of the largest telescopes in the world, we are now completing the inventory of small moons around the giant planets", said Sheppard.

Sheppard tells Michael Greshko at National Geographic that it's likely we'll get to see one of these moons close up in the near future. With this discovery Saturn has bagged the title of having the most moons in the solar system under its belt.

Well, a new discovery by scientists has made the planet Saturn, the new moon king! These baby moons could have come from large parent moons that broke apart after Saturn formed.

"Studying the orbits of these moons can reveal their origins, as well as information about the conditions surrounding Saturn at the time of its formation", institution's staff scientist Scott S. Sheppard said, according to the release.

Artist's conception of the 20 newly discovered moons orbiting Saturn, showing the three groupings and direction of orbit.

One of the moons orbits at an astounding distance of about 15 million miles (24 million km) from Saturn, farther away than any of its other moons.

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"These moons are the pieces of the objects that supported to form the planets, so by studying them, we're learning about what the planets formed from", Sheppard wrote.

For your chance to name one of Saturn's moons, tweet your idea at @SaturnLunacy, using the hashtag #NameSaturnsMoons, along with an explanation for why you picked the name you did.

The jury is peaceable out on whether any planets previous our photo voltaic machine contain worthy extra moons. Saturn's moons are named for mythological giants, and which mythology depends on which group the moon belongs to.

Researchers are constantly making new discoveries in a universe full of endless mysteries.

The moons are all similar in size, spanning about three miles across.

Bottom line: Astronomers have found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn, bringing the planet's total number of moons to 82. "All title submissions for this group needs to be giants from Inuit mythology".

Two of the prograde moons are closer to the planet and take about two years to travel once around Saturn.

Norse mythology: "Seventeen of the newly stumbled on moons are retrograde moons within the Norse group". The initiative has generated a lot of enthusiasm, researchers are now proposing the same thing with the new moons of Saturn.

The naming contest runs until December 6, although there are a few rules that will surely disappoint the Moony McMoonFace shippers.

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