One of the favorite topics of our news is about moon landing. So, on this day (on September 20, 1970) the Soviet Union's Luna 16 moon probe landed on the moon.
There is no secret that the Earth has only one natural satellite (our Moon), which is thought to have formed about 4.51 billion years ago, but how many moons are there in our Solar System? In the Solar System we have some planets that don’t have any other moon, but we have some planets that have approximately more than 53 moons such as Jupiter.
- Let’s start from Mercury and Venus, so how many moons the smallest (Mercury) and brightest (Venus) planets have?
It turns out that these two planets don’t have any other moons. The reason is;
Mercury is very close to the Sun and its gravity, therefore it wouldn’t be able to hold on to its own moon. Each moon would crash into Mercury or maybe go into orbit around the sun and then eventually get pulled into it. So, this is the reason why Mercury doesn’t have moon. And what about Venus? Unfortunately, this question remains a mystery for scientists and astronomers to be solving for a long time.
- The next is Earth; our Home Planet.
As we have mentioned above, the Earth has only one Moon. The Moon’s apparent size in the sky is almost the same as that of the Sun (because it is 400x farther and larger). Therefore, the Moon covers the Sun nearly during a total solar eclipse.
- How many moons have the Red Planet (Mars)?
The Red planet has two moons. These are Phobos and Deimos. Phobos is a bit larger than Deimos, and orbits only 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the Martian surface. Like Earth’s Moon, Phobos and Deimos always present the same face to their planet. “Both are lumpy, heavily-cratered and covered in dust and loose rocks. They are among the darker objects in the solar system”.
- The next is the largest planet; Jupiter. Let’s see how many moons are there on Jupiter.
The giant planet has a lot of moons approximately 53 moons. The most well-known moons are Galilean moons such as Io (pronounced eye-oh), Europa, Callisto and Ganymede. The latter is the biggest one of Jupiter, and not only of Jupiter, it is the biggest moon in our Solar System. These moons are so big that you can see them with a pair of binoculars. You may get acquainted with Jupiter’s Galilean moon just clicking here.
- Saturn is the second-largest planet in our Solar System.
The moons of Saturn are numerous and diverse. The icy planet has 53 moons. Saturn’s moons have extensive names like Mimas, Enceladus, and Tethys. One of the moons, named Titan, is the largest moon of Saturn and even has its own atmosphere, which is very unusual for a moon.
- Uranus and Neptune; how many moons these two planets have?
Uranus has 27 moons which half of them are made of ice. The moons of Uranus are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. And finally, Neptune has 13 moons. By far the largest of them is Triton, which is as big as dwarf planet Pluto.
We would like to mention that that are also 25 “unconfirmed” moons. For example, Jupiter has 16 awaiting confirmation, Saturn has eight, and Neptune has one. And according to NASA the moons are unconfirmed because they are waiting to get more information about them. So, if all of these moons get confirmed, therefore Jupiter will have 69 moons. We think that this informative article will be useful for you, and if you are interested in Space and Science, then our website is simply for you. We are a team of enthusiasts who are always following the world latest news and tryng to present briefly that news in our forcetoknow.com website.
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