New Jupiter Moons|Number increased by 79
Twelve new Jupiter moons have been discovered, bringing the total number of moons to 79.
Jupiter is the largest planet to revolve around the sun. The search for new planets by astronomers lead to the discovery of new Jupiter moons.
The most well-known of Jupiter’s moons are Io, Europa, and Callisto. Jupiter also has the biggest moon in our solar system, Ganymede. These moons are so big you can see them with just a pair of binoculars.
Chile-based telescope first witnessed a glimpse of new moons around the planet in 2017. The first-ever Jupiter moons were discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610.
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Mercury and Venus
Up first are Mercury and Venus. Neither of them has a moon.
Because Mercury is so close to the Sun and its gravity, it wouldn’t be able to hold on to its own moon. Any moon would most likely crash into Mercury or maybe go into orbit around the Sun and eventually get pulled into it. Venus also does not have any moon.
Earth and Mars
Earth has only one moon that is probably the part of discussion almost in every movie or drama. Usually, a lead role is referred in resemblance to that of Earth’s moon as a compliment for glory and beautification. The next is Mars which has two moons; Phobos and Deimos.
Saturn has 53 moons that have been named. Saturn also has 29 moons awaiting confirmation. If all of these moons get confirmed, Saturn will have 82 moons. Saturn also has a collection of beautiful rings.
Saturn’s moons have names like Mimas, Enceladus, and Tethys. One of these moons, named Titan, even has its own atmosphere, which is very unusual for a moon.
Uranus and Neptune
Uranus has 27 moons that we know of. Some of them are half made of ice.
Lastly, Neptune has 14 named moons. One of Neptune’s moons, Triton, is as big as the dwarf planet Pluto.