Saturn, the king of the moons

The sixth planet in the solar system surpasses Jupiter with 20 new moons.

In 2006 the world of astronomy had a change since the dwarf planet Pluto lost the category of planet and instead had the category of plutoid.

Thirteen years have passed since that great change occurred when it came to having a conception of the solar system so far.

Whenever we studied about our solar system, Jupiter was the largest planet in the world and the one with the most moons with a total of 79 moons. But it has been discovered that there is a planet that surpasses it in moons and that planet is Saturn.

The new moons of Saturn

Saturn now has 82 natural satellites. Some of the new ones have a diameter that oscillates 3 and 4 kilometers.

Another fact to keep in mind is that of the 20 new moons, three move in the same direction as the rotation of Saturn and the remaining 17 moons move in the opposite direction to the rotation of the ringed planet.

Of these 20 moons, two of them are close to the planet and take two years to complete the planet while the remaining 17 moons are far from the planet and complete a round in three years.

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This new finding has been thanks to the work of researcher Scott S. Sheppard and astronomers David Jewitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Jan Kleyna of the University of Hawaii.

The observations of these 20 new Saturn satellites have been made with the Subaru telescope that is located on the summit of the Mauna Kea, in Hawaii (USA).

To achieve such a discovery an algorithm was used to check whether these celestial bodies fit or not to the orbit of this planet. It is possible to say that with this algorithm 12 moons were discovered that are part of the orbit of Jupiter.

Name the new moons of Saturn!

Yes, as you are reading, you can participate in the contest to baptize the 20 moons of Saturn.

How can you participate? Very easy, you simply have to send your proposal tweeting to @SaturnLunacy including your proposal and the hashtag #NameSaturnsMoons.

You have until December 6 to submit your proposals and it is recommended to justify the proposal with photos, works of art and videos.

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