Jupiter Takes Crown for Most Moons, With New Tally of 92

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Some planets seem to have it all. Jupiter is the largest in the solar system, sporting a distinctive and fashionable red spot, subtle but elegant rings and dozens of moons. As if that weren’t enough, it looks as though Jupiter has 12 more small moons in its orbit, bringing the total number of natural satellites within its grasp to a whopping 92. 

Astronomer Scott Sheppard from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, reported observations of the system over the last two years that reveal a dozen new moons. The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center has quietly been publishing the orbits of the new, unnamed moons in recent weeks, giving their existence the stamp of confirmation from humanity’s officialdom on the matter. 

Jupiter takes the crown from Saturn in terms of moon count. The rival ringed gas giant Saturn has 83 known moons. 

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