Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here’s How | WIRED

Eleven of them behave a lot like Jupiter’s other moons, but the twelfth one is weird (in a good way).

SOMETIMES A SEARCH for one thing presents the chance to look for something else. If you’re like me, that something else is usually something small: Rummaging in the couch cushions for the TV remote might prompt you to dig for spare change. Two birds, one stone, etc. But if you’re astronomer Scott Sheppard, the second bird occasionally turns out to be a doozy.

Or several doozies. Like, say, a dozen previously unknown moons orbiting Jupiter, the discovery of which was announced Tuesday by the International Astronomical Union.

Source: Astronomers Discovered 12 New Moons Around Jupiter. Here’s How | WIRED

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