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More Moons around Jupiter & Saturn
Astronomers have recently discovered nine new moons. The astronomers found
eight new moons of Jupiter and one new
moon of Saturn. We now know of 60 moons
orbiting Jupiter and 31 orbiting Saturn. The new moons were discovered using
on the top of a volcano called Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
All of the new moons are small. The new moons of Jupiter are about two or
three kilometers (a mile or two) across. The diameter of the new moon of Saturn
is about eight kilometers (five miles).
Twelve new moons of Jupiter were discovered
earlier this year. The last time astronomers
found new moons of Saturn was
December 2000. Scientists think there are many more small moons that haven't
been found yet. A spacecraft called Cassini is
on its way to Saturn. When it
gets there, it may find more moons around Saturn!
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