Not even a week ago, Jupiter reigned as the champion of our solar system with 79 known moons. Now the time has come to pass the glory to the planet with a staggering number of 82 moons: Saturn!
Using a Subaru telescope in Hawaii, Scott Shepard and his team discovered twenty moons of Saturn, which increases the number of moons from 62 to 82, which is now three more than Jupiter. The moons are much smaller compared to other moons of other planets. The diameter of the moons is typically around three miles (five kilometers), while the largest moons are over fifty miles (1 mile = 1.6 kilometers). This is not the first time Shepard has come upon new moons. Just last year, Shepard discovered twelve of Jupiter’s moons.
The Carnegie Institute held a moon-naming competition last year and is planning to have another one for Saturn’s new moons. Shepard says, “I was so thrilled with the amount of public engagement over the Jupiter moon-naming contest that we've decided to do another one to name these newly discovered Saturnian moons. This time, the moons must be named after giants from Norse, Gallic or Inuit mythology”.
According to space.com, the name competition is open for all from now until December.
“If you're interested, submit your proposal by tweeting@SaturnLunacy from now until Dec. 6. Include your reasoning and the hashtag #NameSaturnsMoons.” (space.com)