NYTimes: 79 Moons of Jupiter and Counting

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By Kenneth Chang

  • July 18, 2018
On Tuesday, scientists led by Scott S. Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science announced the discovery of a dozen moons around Jupiter, bringing the total number orbiting the solar system’s largest planet to 79. Next to the famous moons that Galileo spotted through his telescope in 1610 — bigger-than-Mercury Ganymede, deeply cratered Callisto, volcanic Io, icy Europa — the new ones are slight. They measure between a half mile and two miles wide and orbit millions of miles from the planet — good explanations for why no one had seen them until now.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/science/jupiter-new-moons.html

Source Link - Carnegie Institution:
https://carnegiescience.edu/node/2367

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Never trust The New York Times.

In fact, only ten of the moons are new. Two had been announced last year. See Sky & Telescope
 

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