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New moons discovered around Jupiter

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180717101256.htm

 

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Twelve new moons orbiting Jupiter have been found -- 11 "normal" outer moons, and one that they're calling an "oddball." This brings Jupiter's total number of known moons to a whopping 79 -- the most of any planet in our Solar System.

A team led by Carnegie's Scott S. Sheppard first spotted the moons in the spring of 2017 while they were looking for very distant Solar System objects as part of the hunt for a possible massive planet far beyond Pluto.

In 2014, this same team found the object with the most-distant known orbit in our Solar System and was the first to realize that an unknown massive planet at the fringes of our Solar System, far beyond Pluto, could explain the similarity of the orbits of several small extremely distant objects. This putative planet is now sometimes popularly called Planet X or Planet Nine. University of Hawaii's Dave Tholen and Northern Arizona University's Chad Trujillo are also part of the planet search team.

 

 

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-Nuke-

Wonder if the bigger the planet, the more gravity it has, so it's easier to attract debris moon's into orbit and hold then there, dunno

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Torviking

Newton�s inverse square law works every time :).

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Rolci

errrrrr.... yeah sure. What I wonder is how small they have to be before they stop calling them moons. I mean, I'm sure trillions of particles orbit each planet, each moon, etc. Wait, are electrons moons? :D

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cyclopes500

What do they call a moon that orbits a moon?

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Waspie_Dwarf
2 hours ago, cyclopes500 said:

What do they call a moon that orbits a moon?

Unlikely?

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flabbins

I don't know, What do they call a moon that orbits a moon?
Better be a good joke.

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TripGun
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"All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there." - Dave

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cyclopes500

A sub satellite. http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/about-us/44-our-solar-system/the-moon/general-questions/104-can-moons-have-moons-intermediate

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Almighty Evan
On 7/17/2018 at 11:35 PM, cyclopes500 said:

What do they call a moon that orbits a moon?

Could a Moon Have Moons?

 

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ItsNothing

That should be a mini moon. lmao

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