When it pertains to moons, Jupiter is quite self-centered. Unlike Earth, which just has one natural rocky satellite, the gas giant has 79 Twitter to call them On Aug. 24, the winners were revealed and, possibly unfortunately for some, there is no Moony McMoonface., consisting of one “oddball,” and soon after, The Carnegie Organization for Science put out the call to
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 and will be in the mid-2020 s. and Generally, Jupiter gets all the cool moons– and now it gets 5 more.