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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.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer While going to space has been one big step for mankind, it could also be one big step backward for the environment. Tesla’s SpaceX Starship launched earlier this year, which triggered a fireball to explode on the launchpad. This explosion shot debris across the Boca Chica tract of the […]
“Arguably, the light bulb is the most transformative invention humans have introduced to this planet. But if light bulbs have a dark side, it’s that they have stolen the night.” Nadia Drake, a contributing writer for national geographic, says that losing our connection to the night sky is one of the world’s great tragedies. But now, […]
In the span of two weeks, two of the world’s richest men blasted off to suborbital space with the intended goal of promoting commercial spaceflight. This past week, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos took his trip on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This prompted questions about the environmental impact of private space travel. The […]
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