New moons found around Jupiter

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Scientists have found 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter.

The latest discovery means that Jupiter overtakes Saturn for the planet in the solar system with the most moons!

The new discovery was found by the Minor Planet Center (MPC), which monitors minor planets, comets, and natural satellites of major planets.

Prior to these latest findings, the number of moons orbiting the biggest planet in the solar system was 80, but now this brings it up to 92!

Saturn’s total moons are believed to be 83.  Therefore, until more moons are discovered it moves down to second on the list.

What is a moon?

According to NASA, moons are usually solid.

Moons are natural satellites which means they orbit a planet.

Mercury and Venus don’t have moons at all, while Earth has one.

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