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Saturn crowned as new ’king of moons’ in the solar system

Saturn crowned as new ’king of moons’ in the solar system

A team including Scott Sheppard from the Carnegie Institution for Science, David Jewitt of UCLA, and Jan Kleyna from the University of Hawaii conducted a survey of Saturn’s outer reaches. It resulted in the discovery of 20 new moons spotted by the Subaru telescope located in Hawaii. With 82 known natural satellites, Saturn surpasses Jupiter’s 79 known moons.

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Dave
Dave 1 year

If anyone tries to take Saturn's title, they'll just count ever spec of dust in their rings. Boom 20 billion natural satellites.

Seekster
Seekster 1 year

Give it time. Jupiter has a larger gravity field and is close enough to the Asteroid Belt to capture a lot of small moons. They will find more moons around both planets but logically it's more likely that Jupiter has more moons than Saturn.

Katharine
Katharine 1 year

cool

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