Gap Fill - Saturn - Level 6


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Astronomers have promoted Saturn as the with the most moons. Saturn has overtaken the system's largest planet Jupiter as the " of the moons". The astronomers discovered 20 new moons orbiting Saturn, which brings the planet's number to 82. This edges out Jupiter, with 79 bodies, into second place. Each of the newly-discovered moons is at 5km in diameter. Seventeen of them orbit Saturn and take more than three years to complete one orbit of Saturn. The astronomers found the moons using the Subaru telescope, located on Hawaii. The research team will now look for moons that are around a kilometer in .

Lead Dr Scott Sheppard commented on the perceived of the new moons. He said: "We don't think they formed with the planet. We think were captured by the planet in the ." He posited that Saturn sucked in a swirling of gas and dust to form the moons. Dr Shepperd added: "We think these moons interacted with that gas and . These were comets or asteroids that happened to be passing by....They were captured into orbits around the planet than falling into the planet. We think these are the last of what formed Saturn." The moons will be named in a after giants from Gallic, Inuit and Norse .

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