Saturn now has over 100 known moons – more than any other planet

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Saturn now has over 100 known moons - more than any other planet


Saturn is the second-largest planet in the solar system

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Saturn officially has the most moons of any planet in the solar system, usurping Jupiter. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced the addition of 28 natural satellites for the ringed planet, bringing its total to 117 versus Jupiter’s 95.

As the solar system’s most massive planets, Saturn and Jupiter have enough gravitational pull to pluck space rocks from their orbit around the sun. These captured satellites, termed irregular moons, often have strange, widely looping orbits and astronomers are …



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