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Two New Moons For Jupiter

Images from the Magellan Telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile pick out a newly-discovered irregular satellite of Jupiter. (Courtesy of Scott S. Sheppard, CIW)

Jupiter is our solar system’s resident behemoth. It’s an enormous planet that has more mass than all the others combined, not to mention the largest gravitational and magnetic influence in the solar system (besides the Sun, of coourse.) It’s no wonder that it also has the most moons in orbit around it than any of the other planets as well… at last count 64 known natural satellites!

Oh wait, make that 66.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on February 3, 2012, in Jupiter and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Jason,
    I’m very happy to you that you write now in the National Geographic.
    It’s great !!
    Best Wishes.
    Jeff Barani from fence (France)

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