A new study suggests that there may be as many as 600 small irregular moons orbiting Jupiter.
Prior to this study, Jupiter was known to have 71 irregular satellites, 10 of them with regular orbits and 61 with reverse orbits.
In fact, scientists did not observe or see these moons, but rather concluded that they exist. After searching for old photos and collecting them digitally from a 340-megapixel camera, in telescopes located in Canada, France and Hawaii, they discovered 45 irregular and previously unknown moons in a small area around Jupiter and continued their conclusions until they reached 600 moons.
This is the number of irregular moons they expect to orbit Jupiter.
How will these new moons be confirmed?
Ground-based telescopes will be required to confirm the existence of this huge new group of “Jovian” irregular satellites, which includes both the 45 new discoveries and the 600 irregular satellites that have been deduced.
It is hoped that the “Vera Ruen” observatory, which is currently being established, will be able to confirm the results. Jupiter can be seen just to the south after dark, in the northern hemisphere. And it is possible to see some of the planet’s moons, such as the huge “Galileo”, and “Ganymede” and “Europa” and “Callisto” and “Io”, using a pair of binoculars, or a small telescope.
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