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It’s Official! #astronomers find 20 new Moons around Saturn! The ring Giant overtakes mighty Jupiter as the planet with most moons. πŸ”­ πŸ’« #likeabos A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites. The #moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii. Each of the newly discovered moons in orbit around Saturn is about 5km (three miles) in diameter; 17 of them orbit the planet "backwards". This is known as a retrograde direction. The other three moons orbit in a prograde direction - the same direction as Saturn rotates. πŸ—£"These moons have fairly inclined orbits to Saturn and are pretty far out, so we don't think they formed with the planet, we think they were captured by the planet in the past. If an asteroid happens to be passing by, you can't capture it today because you can't dissipate its energy," Dr Sheppard - Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC The search continues. Step your game up Jupiter. Source: @bbc Artistic Image by Johan Swanepoel #bos #saturn #solarsystem

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