In July 2018, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard announced the discovery of 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter—11 “normal” outer moons, and one that he called an “oddball.” 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! ...
Tweet your suggested moon name to @JupiterLunacy and tell us why you picked it using 280 characters or fewer or a short video. Don't forget to include the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons. (before 2019 Apr 15) ...
The General Rules:
Jupiter Moons must be named after characters from Roman or Greek mythology who
were either descendants or lovers of the god known as Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greeks).
Submissions must be 16 characters or fewer, preferably one word.
Submissions must not be offensive in any language or to any culture.
Submissions must not be too similar to the existing names of any moons or asteroids.
The Rules for Each Individual Moon:
S/2003 J5 (Jupiter LVII), S/2003 J15 (Jupiter LVIII), & S/2003 J3 (Jupiter LX)
are retrograde and thus name must end in an “e.”
S/2017 J4 (Jupiter LXV) & S/2018 J1 (Jupiter LXXI)
are prograde and thus name must end in an “a.”
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Know the quiet place within your heart and touch the rainbow of possibility; be
alive to the gentle breeze of communication, and please stop being such a jerk. — Garrison Keillor
An artist’s conception of the 20 newly discovered moons orbiting Saturn. These
discoveries bring the planet’s total moon count to 82, surpassing Jupiter for the
most in our Solar System. Studying these moons can reveal information about
their formation and about the conditions around Saturn at the time. Illustration
is courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science. (Saturn image is courtesy of
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. Starry background courtesy of Paolo