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Discovery of 20 New Moons Puts Saturn Ahead of Jupiter

Saturns Rings, Newsfile Saturns Rings, Newsfile |  Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer
Created: October 07, 2019 02:36 PM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The solar system has a new winner in the moon department.
    
Twenty new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons. The announcement came Monday.
    
If it's any consolation to the Jupiter crowd, our solar system's biggest planet - Jupiter - still has the biggest moon. Jupiter's Ganymede is almost half the size of Earth. By contrast, Saturn's 20 new moons are minuscule, each barely 3 miles (5 kilometers) in diameter.
    
The Carnegie Institution for Science's Scott Sheppard, who led the discovery team, says 100 even tinier moons may be orbiting Saturn, still waiting to be found.
    
Sheppard and his team used a telescope in Hawaii to spot Saturn's 20 new moons over the summer.
 

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