Jupiter 5 new satellites

Handsome Jupiter today is a real record for most satellites. In this unusual planet as many as 79 - significantly more than the rest of the solar system! At the beginning of 2017 at the giant planets have been discovered as many as 5 new moons. The names were chosen for them not once, but only after 2 years. As latter-day is called the moon, and why scientists dragged for so long? This article will answer all your questions.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

Jupiter is a real record for the number of open satellites

How many moons of Jupiter?

Despite the fact that in the moment of Jupiter there is a whole retinue of nearly 80 satellites of different shapes and sizes, the most known moons of the giant planet are considered to Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa. Each of these satellites are truly unique. So, Ganymede, is considered the largest moon in the Solar System, Callisto and Europa contain subglacial oceans, and Io is the most explosive place among all the planets and moons of our solar system.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

The beautiful Io - the most explosive objects in the solar system

75 the rest of Jupiter's moons, among them wormed, and 5 new members huge Jupiter family no longer resemble full moons, and captured asteroids planet that tried to get into the inner part of the solar system, but have not been able to do this because of the huge attraction Jupiter. Among the small satellites of the planet often stand Amalthea, Adrastea and Metis, who, although they are very irregular in shape, stands out against the rest of its slightly larger dimensions.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

An exemplary image of Jupiter's moon Amalthea, named after the ancient Greek goat milk infant suckled his Zeus-Jupiter

How are 5 new satellites of Jupiter?

Despite the fact that all of Jupiter's moons by tradition to be named after characters from Greek or Roman mythology, astronomers at the Carnegie Institution have decided to organize a public competition, the results of which could be identified with the names of the newly discovered moons. The contest does not change tradition. According to the rules, all of Jupiter's moons to be named in honor of the children or wives of Zeus or Jupiter. The list of restrictions can also be seen that the satellites could not be called names that contain a maximum of 16 characters, or any offensive word in modern languages.

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In the end, the research team stopped at the five names that have been recently approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). New names of the satellites of Jupiter sound like a panda, Ersan, Irene, and Filofrozina Evfema. Moons dimensions vary from 1 to 3 kilometers in width, and the Pandia is the largest among them.

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Pandia (former S / 2017 J4) is "daughter of Zeus and goddess Selene moon", and also "full moon goddess Ersy and sister", according to press release.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

Pandia - good name for a satellite of a giant planet

Ersan (former S / 2018 J1) is the "sister Pandey and daughter of Zeus and goddess Selene moon"

Eirin (formerly S / 2003 J5) was the goddess of peace and the daughter of Zeus and Themis.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

Eirin - typical captured Jupiter asteroid of irregular shape

Filofrosina (formerly S / 2003 J15) was our spirit of hospitality and kindness, at one time is the granddaughter of Zeus and sister Euphemia.

Euthymios (former S / 2003 J3) was spirit praise and good omen, and besides the granddaughter Zeus and sister Filofroziny.

Jupiter 5 new satellites

According to Greek mythology, Zeus was the granddaughter Euphemia. After a couple of thousand years, her name came to be called Jupiter, drawn by a asteroid

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Well, perhaps, the new satellites of Jupiter are lucky enough to see so many suitable names left in the Greek and Roman mythology. Just like that Zeus was once quite loving guy now provide a wealth of modern astronomy in terms of suitable names for the planets and moons of the Solar System.