5 of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons received names in a public contest – Science and life

5 of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons received names in a public contest – Science and life


5 of Jupiter’s newly discovered moons received
names in a public contest Meet the new moons of Jupiter. After a public
contest, five newly discovered Jovian satellites now have official astronomical names, the
International Astronomical Union announced August 26. Planetary scientist Scott Sheppard of the
Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., reported the discovery of the moons
in July 2018, along with seven others. He and his colleagues spotted the moons while
searching for a theoretical Planet Nine orbiting beyond Neptune. The team solicited name suggestions for the
moons on Twitter. There were some rules, most notably that Jupiter’s 79 known moons must
all be named for descendants or consorts of the god Jupiter from Roman mythology, or Zeus
in Greek myths. But that didn’t stop people from suggesting the names of beloved pets
or, perhaps inevitably, Moony McMoonface. Here are the winners: Pandia: A daughter of Zeus and the moon goddess
Selene, Pandia is the goddess of the full moon. One of the groups to enter this name
in the contest was the astronomy club of the Lanivet Community Primary School in Bodmin,
England, whose mascot is a panda. Ersa: Sister of Pandia, Ersa is the goddess
of dew. Several people suggested this name, including 4-year-old moon expert Walter, who
got the judges’ attention with a song listing the largest moons of the solar system in size
order. Eirene: The goddess of peace, Eirene is the
daughter of Zeus and Themis, a Greek Titaness who personifies divine order, justice and
law. Philophrosyne: A granddaughter of Zeus, Philophrosyne
is the spirit of welcome and kindness. Eupheme: Sister of Philophrosyne, Eupheme
is the spirit of praise and good omen.

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