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You can now help to name Jupiter's moons

By T.K. Randall
March 6, 2019 · Comment icon 19 comments



What should Jupiter's new moons be called ? Image Credit: NASA / JPL
Scientists are offering social media users the chance to name 5 of Jupiter's most recently discovered moons.
Last summer a team lead by Scott Sheppard from the Carnegie Institution for Science discovered a total of 12 new moons around the gas giant, bringing Jupiter's total number of moons up to 79.

Now efforts are underway to pick names for the new additions with 5 of the 12 being open to suggestions from members of the public.

There certainly won't be a Moony McMoonface this time around however, as the names will have to meet certain requirements before they can be accepted by the International Astronomical Union.

Jupiter's other moons are all named after characters from Greek or Roman mythology, meaning that these new moons will also need to conform to this particular convention as well.
In addition, the name of each moon needs to end in either '-a' or '-e' depending on whether or not it orbits Jupiter in the same direction as the planet rotates.

The full list of restrictions can be viewed - here.

Submissions must be Tweeted to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons along with a short explanation of why you think the name should be picked.

The deadline for sending in submissions is April 15th.

Source: Live Science | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by bison 4 years ago
If anyone cares to suggest the name of a Greek or Roman mythological figure associated with Zeus or Jupiter in some way, which ends in either e or a (another of the requirements) I'll look it up in the list of already-named moons and asteroids to check for disqualifying matches, or near-matches.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 4 years ago
Moony McMoonface
Comment icon #12 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
Patent office says that's registered to McDonald's
Comment icon #13 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 4 years ago
McDonald's... always ruining everything...
Comment icon #14 Posted by Rolltide 4 years ago
Is this how we came up with Uranus?    
Comment icon #15 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
Yeah. In fact forget anything "Mc". They even copyrighted McAmerica.
Comment icon #16 Posted by bison 4 years ago
There's already an asteroid called 'Mr. Spock' so that's probably a no.
Comment icon #17 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
Mrs. Spock?
Comment icon #18 Posted by godnodog 4 years ago
Unfortunatky you need a twatter account, massive no
Comment icon #19 Posted by bison 4 years ago
I was surprised to find that there was at least one name from mythology, connected with Jupiter, that apparently hasn't already been attached to an asteroid, or moon of that giant planet. Juventia was the daughter of Jupiter and Juno. I considered Maia, too, one of Zeus' many paramours, but that name has been given to a star in the Pleiades star group.


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