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Saturn: Planet with Most Moons

  • 09 Oct 2019
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Recently the discovery of 20 new moons of Saturn has made Saturn the planet with the highest number of moons (82) against 79 moons of Jupiter.

  • The discovered moons of planet Saturn may have once comprised a larger moon that was broken apart in the distant past.
    • The newly discovered moons are able to continue orbiting Saturn after their parent moons broke apart indicates that these collisions occurred after the planet-formation process was mostly complete.
  • These moons are the remnants of the objects that helped for planet formations thus studying the remnants might reveal the origin of the planet.
    • Also, studying the orbits of these moons can reveal their origins, as well as information about the conditions surrounding Saturn at the time of its formation.
  • The research related new moons of the planet Saturn have been released by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre.

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