Jupiter found 12 previously unknown satellites


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Jupiter found 12 previously unknown satellites

American astronomers have been searching for a hypothetical planet in the solar system, which will become the ninth when discovered, but stumbled upon another interesting point. Jupiter, the largest planet in our star system, found 12 previously unknown satellites to science.

These moons do not differ in large size, amounting in diameter from 1 to 3 kilometers. In addition, they differ in the location relative to the gas giant's ring, which affects the periods of their revolution around the planet. So, the first group of objects makes a complete revolution in a year, the second – in one and a half, and the third needs two for this.

On this basis, now the number of known satellites of the fifth planet of the solar system is 79 units.

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