Which planetary moons should you look out for this month?
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 15:35
  
Avril- Ann Braganza

Aadil Desai tells you about the Moons of the planets of the Sun and guides in viewing the moons of Jupiter and Saturn

Although our planet Earth only has one Moon, most other planets (except Mercury and Venus, which have no natural satellites or moons of their own and Mars, which has just two moons that are small irregular sized objects) have a large number of moons revolving around them. The ringed planet Saturn boasts of 53 moons (eight more await official confirmation), Jupiter has 50 (18 more await official confirmation), Uranus has 27 and Neptune has 13 (one more awaits official confirmation). Some asteroids and dwarf planets such as Pluto and Eris have moons of their own too; of Pluto's five satellites, the largest one, Charon, is almost the size of the planet itself.

Throughout this month four of Jupiter's Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto will be easily visible in constellation Gemini and Saturn's largest moon Titan in constellation Libra. Appearing like faint stars, the Jovian moons move considerably fast, sometimes going behind the planet, getting covered in its shadow and sometimes passing in front of it causing a shadow on the planet.

This game of hide and seek is fun to watch if you have a good telescope with a high magnifying power, even though you can easily view the moons with a pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Use this javascript application http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/javascript/jupiter to find the exact position of these moons with respect to the planet.

Moons of Jupiter:

1. Io

2. Europa

3. Ganymede

4. Callisto

5. Amalthea

6. Himalia

7. Elara

8. Pasiphae

9. Sinope

10. Lysithea

11. Carme

12. Ananke

13. Leda

14. Thebe

15. Adrastea

16. Metis

17. Callirrhoe

18. Themisto

19. Megaclite

20. Taygete

21. Chaldene

22. Harpalyke

23. Kalyke

24. Iocaste

25. Erinome

26. Isonoe

27. Praxidike

28. Autonoe

29. Thyone

30. Hermippe

31. Aitne

32. Eurydome

33. Euanthe

34. Euporie

35. Orthosie

36. Sponde

37. Kale

38. Pasithee

39. Hegemone

40. Mneme

41. Aoede

42. Thelxinoe

43. Arche

44. Kallichorev 45. Helike

46. Carpo

47. Eukelade

48. Cyllene

49. Kore

50. Herse

Yet to be confirmed

1. S/2003 J2

2. S/2003 J3

3. S/2000 J11

4. S/2003 J4

5. S/2003 J5

6. S/2003 J9

7. S/2003 J10

8. S/2003 J12

9. S/2003 J15

10. S/2003 J16

11. S/2003 J18

12. S/2003 J19

13. S/2003 J23

14. S/2010 J 1

15. S/2010 J 2

16. S/2000 J11

17. S/2011 J1

18. S/2011 J2

Moons of Saturn:

1. Mimas

2. Enceladus

3. Tethys

4. Dione

5. Rhea

6. Titan

7. Hyperion

8. Iapetus

9. Erriapus

10. Phoebe

11. Janus

12. Epimetheus

13. Helene

14. Telesto

15. Calypso

16. Kiviuq

17. Atlas

18. Prometheus

19. Pandora

20. Pan

21. Ymir

22. Paaliaq

23. Tarvos

24. Ijiraq

25. Suttungr

26. Mundilfari

27. Albiorix

28. Skathi

29. Siarnaq

30. Thrymr

31. Narvi

32. Methone

33. Pallene

34. Polydeuces

35. Daphnis

36. Aegir

37. Bebhionn

38. Bergelmir

39. Bestla

40. Farbauti

41. Fenrir

42. Fornjot

43. Hati

44. Hyrrokkin

45. Kari

46. Loge

47. Skoll

48. Surtur

49. Greip

50. Jarnsaxa

51. Tarqeq

52. Anthe

53. Aegaeon

Yet to be confirmed

1. S/2004 S7

2. S/2004 S12

3. S/2004 S13

4. S/2004 S17

5. S/2006 S1

6. S/2006 S3

7. S/2007 S2

8. S/2007 S3

9. S/2009 S1


First Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 15:35


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