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What Makes A Moon2018-07-19T17:39:43+01:00

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    • Khurram Wariskhurram waris
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      Astronomers have recently discovered more moons around Jupiter, making the total now around 79. Seventy-nine moons around 1 planet. I think I knew in grade school but have long since forgot, just what are the characeristics or movements that turn a flying rock into a moon? What are the criteria they use to classify it as a moon?

      Here is a rendering of what it looks like around Jupiter these days:

       

       

       

       

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    • S BeckS Beck
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      When somehing has a fixed orbit around a planet, not a star. then it’s classified as a moon. The size or shape of the object doesn’t matter, just the motion.

    • Khurram Wariskhurram waris
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      Thank you. That is kind of what I was confused about, the motion and the size. I remember when Pluto was de-classified as a planet and have wondered ever since about the moons.

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    • Matthew KozakMatthew Kozak
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      I find it interesting that Jupiter keeps on getting more moons. I suppose they are pulled towards Jupiter only because of its strong gravity; after all, there is no life on Jupiter’s surface which require support. It reminds me that Earth is not the only thing living; the whole universe is, in their own ways.

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      Well, I’ve learned at least a couple of new things today, I learned that there are multiple moons around Jupiter, and I learned what makes a moon, a moon. Space and the planets fascinate me, but I’m especially drawn to Jupiter and all there is to know about it. It’s such a beautiful planet.

      K Waris

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