Go over, Jupiter. There is a new moon champion in our solar system – Saturn.
Researchers have discovered an additional 20 moons orbiting the Ring Planet, giving a total of 82 satellites, three more than second-placed Jupiter.
Of the 20 Moons According to a press release announcing the discovery, 17 small lanes with a diameter of only 5 kilometers have a declining orbit. These moons take three Earth years to completely circle around Saturn.
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The other three, which also take three years to circle the gas giant, are moving in the same direction in which they are Saturn is spinning.
The study of the orbits of these moons may reveal their origin as well as information about the circumstances of Saturn at the time of its formation, "said Scott Sheppard, a researcher at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Given their small size and the fact they cluster in a similar way as the outer moons of Jupiter. It is likely that they are the remnants of a larger moon orbiting Saturn and being destroyed.
"This type of grouping of outer moons is also seen around Jupiter, indicating that there were violent collisions between moons in the Saturn system or with external objects such as passing asteroids or comets. "
Sheppard, who also discovered 12 moons orbiting Jupiter last year, said that the small moons of planets such as Jupiter and Saturn will give researchers new clues to the formation of these planets.
"With some of the world's largest telescopes" We are now completing the small moons' inventory of the giant planets, "Sheppard continued," They play a crucial role in determining how the planets of our solar system have formed and evolved. "
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There's a Contest to Give Names The newly discovered moons that Sheppard said were" after giants Nominated for the Nordic, Gallic or Inuit mythology. "Details of the competitions can be found here.
Saturn's moons, especially Titan and Enceladus, have interested researchers' composition and age.
In July, researchers discovered that the ocean was rising Enceladus is believed to be one billion years old and placed him in the best place to support life.
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