Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Moon of Jupiter in Photo from 2003

Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Moon of Jupiter in Photo from 2003

Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Moon of Jupiter in Photo from 2003 Amateur astronomer Kai Ly has discovered a new moon of Jupiter while examining photos taken in 2003 with the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). It is the first time a new moon in the Solar System has been discovered by an amateur. As reported by Sky and Telescope, Ly was looking through the photos as a continuation of their feat last year where they found four of five “lost” Jovian moons. Using images from the same publicly available archive, Ly continued scouring the images which previously had led to the discovery of 23 new satellites of Jupiter from 2003 to 2004. Jupiter has 79 moons that have been acknowledged by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center, but Ly has submitted the 80th for official recognition. Most of the planet’s prograde moons (purple, blue) orbit relatively close to Jupiter, while its retrograde moons (red) orbit farther out. One exception is Valetudo (green), a prograde-moving body discovered in 2018 that orbits particularly far out among the retrograde moons. Ly examined three survey …
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