Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system, which has up to 79 months around it. They will be joined by a new one discovered by amateur astronomer Kai Lim, writes the Space portal.
At the same time, this is the first time which an amateur scientist was able to discover the moon around another cosmic body. It is thought that Jupiter may have dozens, perhaps hundreds of undiscovered moons orbiting the gas giant. Jupiter is the largest planet in the system, which means that it also has a large gravitational field.
Therefore, this planet connects the surrounding space objects and could catch more months in the future. The latest joins the Carme group. Karma satellite group they consist mainly of small cosmic objects of special shapes. A characteristic feature of this family is the retrograde motion – the moons circle in the direction of Jupiter’s rotation. At the same time, their orbit is extremely different from the plane in which the other months remain.
The biggest month of the family is Karma, whence the name is derived. This month has an average of 23 km. The Carme asteroid is believed to be trapped by the gravity of a gas giant. After the capture, there was a collision and other months that belonged to this family, they are actually fragments of an asteroid. Lee discovered the tiny moon by looking at data from 2003 created by the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope.
In February of that year, Jupiter’s months were the brightest, due to a phenomenon called opposition. It happens when a planet or other cosmic object is located on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun. It was in February 2003 that the Earth found itself between our star and the gas giant, allowing scientists to clearly observe the system of Jupiter and its moons.
Using a Subaru telescope, he later discovered that the new moon would orbit the planet in 22 days. As a result, Lee discovered that the new moon was tied to Jupiter’s gravity. After that, it was easy for him to discover the moon and confirm its existence. He used other data for this. Kai Liho’s discovery is really fascinating and the first of its kind. But Lee spoke to the Space and Telescope portal that it was his summer hobby before he returned to school.
It is not yet known what the new moon will be called, but it is currently called EJc0061. NASA has officially stated that the name of the new month must end in e, as the last letter of the Karma family to which he belongs.
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