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The 5 moons were found in July 2018.


The Carnegie Organization for Science.

When it pertains to moons, Jupiter is quite self-centered. Unlike Earth, which just has one natural rocky satellite, the gas giant has 79 Twelve of those were initially found in July 2018, consisting of one “oddball,” and soon after, The Carnegie Organization for Science put out the call to Twitter to call them with some incredibly stringent guidelines On Aug. 24, the winners were revealed and, possibly unfortunately for some, there is no Moony McMoonface.

The competitors to call the moons was introduced in 2015 after the moons were found. Getting names from Twitter appears filled with threat however the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the company that distributes cosmic names, does have a couple of guidelines when it pertains to calling moons.

” Jovian identifying conventions need its numerous moons to be called after characters from Greek and Roman folklore who were either descendants or accompaniments of Zeus, or Jupiter,” stated Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard, in a release

Without a Moony McMoonface in those folklores, that alternative was out. After 2 months of tips and an evaluation by the IAU, the names have actually been revealed and all 5 are children or granddaughters of Zeus, the Greek god of the sky– a requirement for calling. The freshly revealed moons are:

  • Pandia (was S/2017 J4)
  • Ersa (was S/2018 J1)
  • Eirene (was S/2003 J5)
  • Philophrosyne (was S/2003 J15)
  • Eupheme (was S/2003 J3)

” I was blown away by the passionate action for this contest,” stated Sheppard. “I hope the idea of these moons let everybody consider the marvel and awe that is our universe.”

The Galilean moons– Io, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa– are a few of the most significant things in our planetary system and the subject of extreme interest for stargazers and scientists alike. Among those moons, Europa, is filled with salt and will be the topic of a brand-new NASA objective in the mid-2020 s. Giant waves of extraterrestrial lava have actually been identified on Io and Ganymede, the most significant moon in the planetary system, has a saltwater ocean Generally, Jupiter gets all the cool moons– and now it gets 5 more.