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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Saturn has overtaken Jupiter as the solar system's satellite king. Astronomers just discovered 20 previously unknown Saturn moons, boosting the ringed planet's tally of known satellites to 82 " three more than Jupiter. And there's more exciting news: You can help name these newfound objects.

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All 20 moons are tiny, measuring about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across. Seventeen of them have retrograde orbits, meaning they move around Saturn in the opposite direction to the planet's rotation. These 17 all take more than three Earth years to complete one Saturn lap, and the most far-flung one is the most distant Saturn satellite known, discovery team members said.

One of the three newly discovered "prograde" moons has an orbital period of more than three Earth years, while the other two complete one lap every two years or so.

Each of these satellite groups is likely evidence of a long-ago impact that destroyed a larger moon that had been orbiting in that general area.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-08 01:33 PM | Reply

How many around Uranus??

#2 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2019-10-08 02:28 PM | Reply

"How many around Uranus??

#2 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR "

27. Google is your friend

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-08 02:31 PM | Reply

How many around Uranus??

O grow up! Space science is serious science!

#4 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-08 02:48 PM | Reply

#2: We would need high quality photos of Uranus to answer that question.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-10-08 02:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"#2: We would need high quality photos of Uranus to answer that question.

#5 | POSTED BY MODER8"

Google is your friend, too. Voyager 2 returned excellent images.

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-08 03:01 PM | Reply

GOATFRAKER... I don't know where you bumped your head when RCADE took pity on you and let you back in... but it looks like you banged your head real proper. It's the only thing that explains your immature behavior.

This is not a political thread you stupid man.

Stop getting cute with people.

Fraking troll.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-08 03:14 PM | Reply

Seems more like a nice sized asteroid than a moon at 3 miles...

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-10-08 07:54 PM | Reply

"Seems more like a nice sized asteroid than a moon at 3 miles...

#8 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE "

Technically I think if it orbits a planet, it is a moon. The same object elsewhere is an asteroid.

Mars' two moons Phobos and Deimos are almost certainly captured asteroids, but they lost that moniker when Mars stole 'em from the asteroid belt.

#9 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-08 07:59 PM | Reply

Size does matter. I think the astronomy community needs to estabish a minimum size requirement to qualify them as official satelites.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-10-09 04:23 AM | Reply

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Three miles? That's huge! I could live inside one! They just need to be moved to a warmer climate and to a place where you could just fall back to earth. Then you could live inside them!

Typical males. Always worried about size. That's why I always preferred to work with female scientists. And the workplace was always so much cleaner and well organized! And the views!!! ... well. Nuff said.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-10-09 09:24 AM | Reply

I could live inside one!

Then you must love this show.

youtu.be

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-09 09:32 AM | Reply

Well, this completely changes my worldview. This was the trivia tidbit that broke the Mustang's back.

Not the rocks they found. The fact that there's someone out there burning time on a telescope counting them, hoping it makes them cool enough to lose their virginity.

#13 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-09 09:43 AM | Reply

You're how old and still worried about virginity?

Doesn't look good for you my friend.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-10-09 11:05 AM | Reply

Eros, thank you for blessing me with science porn. And every comment gold.

#15 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-10-09 02:07 PM | Reply

#14 I'm not the one staring at space rocks, Sheldon.

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-09 02:10 PM | Reply

What you know about nice sized asteroids?

#17 | Posted by Ottodog at 2019-10-09 10:30 PM | Reply

"What you know about nice sized asteroids?

#17 | POSTED BY OTTODOG"

Like Ceres?

#18 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-09 10:31 PM | Reply

#18

A person's preference is their own.

#19 | Posted by Ottodog at 2019-10-09 10:44 PM | Reply

What you know about nice sized asteroids?

What do I NOT know about nice sized asteroids? THAT is the question.

#20 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-09 11:22 PM | Reply

#17 I hear regular application of Prep H will reduce swelling and irritation.

#21 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-10-10 07:26 AM | Reply

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