One Cool Thing: Five of Jupiter’s Newly Discovered Moons Now Have Names

Graphic: Carnegie Institute for Science

Last summer, scientists discovered twelve new moons around the planet Jupiter, and they held a contest to name five of them.  Not just any old name would do, mind you.  The names had to meet certain requirement in order to be approved by the International Astronomical Union,  According to Space.com, ‘Jupiter’s moons are all named for characters from Greek and Roman mythology who are either descended from or lovers of the chief god of the Pantheon, Zeus/Jupiter,” who had many lovers.  The results of the contest were announced yesterday and the winners, which were submitted for the most part by children, are (drumroll please): Pandia, Ersa, Eirene, Philophrosyne and Eupheme.  The judges selected each name based on the submission — for example, Ersa (formerly S/2018 J1) was suggested by a 4-year-old named Walter who sang a song about Ersa.  You can read more about the origins of each name by clicking here.

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