Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Posted February 6 · Member Share Posted February 6 The race between Jupiter and Saturn to see which of the two giant planets will end up with the most moons continues unabated. Jupiter has just passed the ringed planet with the discovery of 12 new moons. It's 92 to 83 for the great Jovian. Since 2019, Saturn had the lead. Indeed, the latest discoveries had placed the second largest planet in our solar system ahead of Jupiter. This discovery has therefore again changed the classification. It is the Minor Planets Center, responsible for collecting observations of objects in the solar system, which published these new data on these 12 new natural satellites of Jupiter. They were discovered using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile in 2021 and 2022, and their orbits have been confirmed by follow-up observations. What do we know about the new moons of Jupiter ? First of all, they are small. These moons vary in size from 1 kilometer to 3 kilometers. Then they are moved away from Jupiter. It takes them more than 340 days to go around the big gaseous planet. They are also surely small bodies in retrograde orbit – that is, the moons rotate in the opposite direction to the nearest, and better known, moons of Jupiter – which were probably captured by the planet at extremely strong attraction. For the rest, we recall that Uranus has 27 confirmed moons, Neptune 14, Mars 2 and Earth 1. Venus and Mercury have none. Since Jupiter is our new winner, please show me your coins featuring… Jupiter ! Licinius I Licinius II Constantius I Carus 14 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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