Jupiter officially has 12 new moons, discovered in 2018. They are outer moons; their orbits are shown here. Image via Carnegie Science.
The Carnegie Institution for Science – headquartered in Washington, D.C. – announced in late August that the winners of its Jupiter-moon-naming contest have been selected. From February to April, this institution had solicited name suggestions for five of the 12 moons of Jupiter discovered in 2018 by a team led by Carnegie’s Scott S. Sheppard.
I was blown away by the enthusiastic response for this contest. I hope the thought of these moons let everyone ponder the wonder and amazement that is our universe.
Astronomer Scott Sheppard of Carnegie Science led a team that discovered 12 new moons for Jupiter in 2018. Now 5 of those new moons have been given new names. Image via Carnegie Science. Visit Scott Sheppard’s Jupiter-moons page.
He added that there are many rules in place – regulated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) – when it comes to naming new moons:
Most notably, Jovian naming conventions require its many moons to be named after characters from Greek and Roman mythology who were either descendants or consorts of Zeus, or ...