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Neptune, Uranus have new moons on the block

Updated on: 25 February,2024 05:58 AM IST  |  Washington
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The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known moons and Uranus at 28.

Neptune, Uranus have new moons on the block

Neptune’s moon tally rises to 16, while Uranus now has 28. Pic/AP

Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system—two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus.

The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced on Friday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known moons and Uranus at 28.

One of Neptune’s new moons has the longest known orbital journey yet. It takes around 27 years for the small outer moon to complete one lap around Neptune, the vast icy planet farthest from the sun, said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, who helped make the discovery.

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