Whoa, Astronomers Just Found 20 New Moons Around Saturn

An image provided by NASA shows Saturn's largest moon Titan passing in front of the giant planet in an image made by NASA's Cassini spacecraft

This discovery will help us determine how the planets of our solar system have formed and evolved. That brings Saturn's total to 82 moons, with Jupiter lagging at 79.

Each of the newly discovered moons is about five kilometers, or three miles, in diameter.

"Using some of the largest telescopes in the world, we are now completing the inventory of small moons around the giant planets", he Sheppard. Future larger telescopes will be needed to see anything smaller.

"This kind of grouping of outer moons is also seen around Jupiter, indicating violent collisions occurred between moons in the Saturnian system or with outside objects such as passing asteroids or comets", said Sheppard.

Saturn's newly discovered moons are believed to have emerged after the development of the planets billions of years prior was for the most part total. Moons in the Inuit group are likely remnants of a much larger moon that broke into smaller pieces.

The discoveries join three groups of Saturn's outer moons, clustered by the angles at which they orbit the planet. The opposite three circle within the identical route that Saturn rotates.


Gallic mythology: "One in every of the newly stumbled on moons orbits within the prograde route and has an inclination strategy 36 degrees, which is equivalent to those within the Gallic group, regardless that it is worthy farther away from Saturn than some other prograde moons". The new discoveries are cool in and of themselves, but ultimately, it's what they tell us about the solar system's formation that motivates Sheppard's search. American Mensa, an organization for people who score in the top 2 percent on the standardized intelligence test, suggested the name "Moony McMoonface" in reference to an online submarine-naming competition gone gloriously wrong, but given the criteria, that probably won't happen.

A count of the moons listed on the NASA website shows that our Solar System's planets together have 205 confirmed moons now. Saturn's moons are named for mythological giants, and which mythology depends on which group the moon belongs to. But the newly discovered moon is farther out than the others.

Last year Sheppard and Carnegie partnered to host a naming contest for the twelve moons he discovered around Jupiter, and it was successful enough to repeat.

Seventeen of Saturn's fresh moons orbit the planet within the other, or retrograde, route.

Scientists were able to locate the new moons thanks to more robust computing power and better algorithms for tracking faint distant objects, Sheppard said. The contest opens Monday and will close on December 6. "All title submissions for this group needs to be giants from Inuit mythology". Note that these moons will be called giants of Norse mythology, Celtic or Inuit.

"So seeing that Saturn has extra moons even supposing it is extra hard to search out them, reveals correct what number of moons Saturn has peaceable over time", he wrote in an electronic mail. They're all at roughly the same distance from the planet, putting them in the Norse group of moons.

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