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This planet has 20 new moons; can you name them?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 October 2019, 13:21 IST

The solar system is itself a mystery that has a lot of things that need to be answered and discovered. Added to the contribution to the Science world, Scientists have found twenty new moons on this planet.

Yes, you read right, twenty new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82, scientists said Monday. Now, Saturn has defeated Jupiter which has 79 moons.

According to the reports of Associated Press, “It was fun to find that Saturn is the true moon king.”

Notably, in the solar system, the biggest planet-Jupiter still has the biggest moon. Jupiter’s Ganymede is almost half the size of Earth. By contrast, Saturn’s 20 new moons are minuscule, each barely 3 miles (5 kilometers) in diameter.

Sheppard and his team used a telescope in Hawaii to spot 20 new moons over the summer. The Scientist further told that around 100 even tinier moons may be orbiting around the Saturn, which will be found soon.

According to Sheppard, “Astronomers have pretty much completed the inventory of moons as small as 3 miles (5 kilometers) around Saturn and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) around Jupiter.”

However, future larger telescopes will be needed to see anything smaller. He also said that it’s harder to spot mini-moon around Saturn than Jupiter.

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First published: 8 October 2019, 12:58 IST