Saturn, the king of the moons
The sixth planet in the solar system surpasses Jupiter with 20 new moons.
In 2006 the world of astronomy underwent an important change since the dwarf planet Pluto lost the category of the planet and instead had the category of plutoid.
Thirteen years have passed since that great change occurred when it came to having a conception of the solar system so far.
Whenever we studied our solar system, Jupiter was the largest planet in the world and the one with the most moons with a total of 79 moons. But it has been discovered that there is a planet that surpasses it in moons, and that planet is Saturn.
The new moons of Saturn
Saturn now has 82 natural satellites. Some of the new ones have a diameter that oscillates 3 and 4 kilometers.
Another fact to keep in mind is that of the 20 new moons, three move in the same direction as the rotation of Saturn, and the remaining 17 moons move in the opposite direction to the rotation of the ringed planet.
Of these 20 moons, two of them are close to the planet and take two years to complete the planet, while the remaining 17 moons are far from the planet and complete around in three years. Seen in Hawaii
This new finding has been thanks to the work of researcher Scott S. Sheppard and astronomers David Jewitt, of the University of California at Los Angeles, and Jan Kleyna, of the University of Hawaii.
The observations of these 20 new Saturn satellites have been made with the Subaru telescope, which is located on the summit of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii (USA).
To achieve such a discovery, an algorithm was used to check whether these celestial bodies fit or not to the orbit of this planet. It is possible to say that with this algorithm 12 moons were discovered that are part of the orbit of Jupiter.