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TechnologyScientists want help naming Jupiter’s newly discovered moons

02:35  24 february  2019
02:35  24 february  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Prograde moons and retrograde moons encircle Jupiter at such vastly different distances, it was Which is exactly what makes the twelfth newly discovered moon so interesting. It's a prograde The researchers named the wayward moon Valetudo, after the Roman god Jupiter ' s

Carnegie scientists first announced the accidental discovery of 12 moons orbiting Jupiter in July 2018. The discovery brought Jupiter ' s total number of moons to 79 — the most of any planet in our Solar System. It's largest and most famous moons are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

Scientists want help naming Jupiter’s newly discovered moons© Carnegie Institute of Science jupiter-moons-orbits-800x500.png

Now's your chance to name a moon, but don't get your hopes up — Moony McMoonFace is not in the running. Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have implemented some pretty strict rules for their contest asking for the public's help in naming Jupiter's newly discovered moons.

Carnegie scientists first announced the accidental discovery of 12 moons orbiting Jupiter in July 2018. A team of astronomers was looking for a possible "Planet X" or "Planet 9" beyond the orbit of Pluto when the moons were found. Carnegie's Scott Sheppard said 11 of the outer moons are "normal," but one is an "oddball." The discovery brought Jupiter's total number of moons to 79 — the most of any planet in our Solar System. It's largest and most famous moons are named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

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This brought Jupiter ’ s total number of known moons to a whopping 79—the most of any planet in our Solar System. Now you can help Sheppard and his co-discoverers select the names for five of these newly announced moons ! Contest Launch Date

Carnegie Institution for Science and International Astronomical Union announced the winners of a Twitter naming competition for five of Jupiter ' s twelve new moons that were discovered last July. NOW PLAYING: Science . 5 of Jupiter ' s Newly - Discovered Moons Get Names . Amaze Lab.

Now, the researchers are asking for help naming five of the 12 moons, but there are some strict guidelines in order to be approved by the International Astronomical Union. The names must be 16 characters or less, cannot be offensive and cannot be too similar to the names of existing moons or asteroids. The moons cannot be named after a living person or anything connoting political, military or religious activities.

There are even more rules. The moons must be named after characters in Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants of or lovers of Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greek). They both had quite a lot of lovers and descendants, so there are plenty of names to choose from.

Three of the moons are retrograde, meaning they orbit in the opposite direction of the gas giant's rotation. These moons must have names ending in the letter "e." The two moons in a prograde orbit must have names ending in the letter "a." One of the moons is an "oddball" because it orbits among the retrograde moons — but in a prograde direction. The unusual moon has already been named Valetudo.

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However, scientists are making the dwarf planet relevant again, and they now need our help to name Pluto’ s fourth and fifth moons , which were just recently- discovered . A website called “Pluto Rocks” is looking to gain the public’ s interest in space by allowing people the opportunity to vote on certain

Scientists have discovered 12 previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter , and one of them is a The newly discovered "oddball" moon has a prograde orbit, but it orbits farther from Jupiter than the Researchers have proposed naming the "oddball" Valetudo, after the Roman goddess of health

If you have a name idea, you can suggest it to the account @JupiterLunacy on Twitter, explaining why the name was picked with a tweet or a short video along with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons. The contest ends April 15, 2019.

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