None of Jupiters New Satellites Are Named Moony McMoonface

first_img NASA Greenlights Europa Clipper Design, ConstructionStudy: Young Jupiter Was Smacked Head-On By Large Newborn Planet #NameJupitersMoons Pandia!! daughter of Zeus and Selene, goddess of moon’s.Also our schools logo/mascot is a panda, very similar name. The Astro club chose this name! Our village used to provide London zoo with bamboo for the pandas that lived there.— emma hugo (@emmabray182) March 20, 2019S/2018 J1 is ErsaErsa, goddess of dew and daughter of a Moon goddess, is a pretty good name for a Jovian satellite.Submissions poured in from the 12th grade students of Saint Sauveur High School in France, the entire 5th grade at Hillside Traditional Academy in British Columbia, and four-year-old lunar expert Walter (who also proposed Selene and Pandia). Stay on target Five of Jupiter’s newly identified moons have been officially christened.In July 2018, the Carnegie Institute for Science unveiled 12 more Jovian satellites; this year, it enlisted the public to help name some of them.The research organization set out very strict rules: Jovian naming conventions, according to astronomer Scott Sheppard, require its many moons to be given the title of a descendent or lover of Jupiter (Roman mythology) or Zeus (Greek mythology).Other restrictions include maximum character length (no more than 16, and preferably one word), as well as the final letter of each name (“a” or “e,” depending on the direction of a satellite’s orbit).Existing moon and asteroid names are obviously out of the question.Carnegie solicited suggestions for three months earlier this year; submissions ranged from the scholarly to the silly—including the inevitable Moony McMoonface.“And a surprisingly large number of people who felt strongly about naming the moons after a beloved pet,” the organization wrote in a recent announcement. “We combed through them all—even the ones that blatantly disregarded the rules—and passed the best ones on to the International Astronomical Union.”The IAU on Friday published the winners:S/2017 J4 is PandiaDaughter of Zeus and Selene, and sister of Ersa, Pandia is the goddess of the full moon. She was also one of the most popular names entered into the contest.Carnegie’s favorite submission came from Cornwall, England’s Lanivet School Astronomy Club. @JupiterLunacy Our 4-year-old resident moon expert Walter would like to submit 3 name options for Jupiter’s new moons: Selene (Greek goddess of the moon and lover of Jupiter/Zeus) and their daughters Pandeia and Ersa. #NameJupitersMoons— Lindsey Hansen (@Thoreson) April 15, 2019S/2003 J5 is EireneGoddess of peace Eirene is the daughter of Zeus and Themis.The entry that caught Carnegie’s eye was submitted on behalf of a 10-year-old who loves Greek and Roman folklore.S/2003 J15 is PhilophrosynePhilophrosyne is the spirit of welcome and kindness, the granddaughter of Zeus, and the sister of Eupheme.The winning submission was from an 11th grade history class with a penchant for mythology.S/2003 J3 is EuphemeSister of Philophrosyne, granddaughter of Zeus, and the spirit of praise and good omen.A Twitter account dedicated to moons posted several videos about the contest, including one that contained bids for Eupheme and sister Philophrosyne.“I was blown away by the enthusiastic response for this contest,” Sheppard said. “I hope the thought of these moons let everyone ponder the wonder and amazement that is our universe.”Last summer, a team of astronomers (including Sheppard) stumbled upon a new revelation: A dozen more moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the planet’s total to a whopping 79.Nine of the discoveries are part of an outer swarm that orbit in the opposite direction of Jupiter’s rotation; these retrograde satellites take about two years to circle the planet, and are likely remnants of larger bodies that broke apart during collisions.Another two were spotted among the inner group of moons, which orbit in the prograde (same direction), and take slightly less than a year to travel around Jupiter. They are thought to be fragments of a previously crumbled moon.The final sighting—”a real oddball,” according to the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Scott Sheppard—has a unique, 1.5-year orbit that crosses the outer retrograde planetoids: a cosmic recipe for destruction.It is also suspected to be Jupiter’s smallest planetoid, measuring in at less than 1 mile in diameter.Scientists proposed naming it Valetudo, after Roman god Jupiter’s great-granddaughter, the goddess of health and hygiene.More on Jupiter Was Smacked Head-On By Large Newborn PlanetNASA Invites U.S. Students to Name Mars 2020 RoverHelp Name a Planetary Systemlast_img