Astronomers have discovered 20 previously unknown satellites of Saturn. Thanks to this discovery, the planet became the champion in the number of moons, displacing Jupiter.


New Saturn satellites

Celestial bodies were discovered by astronomers from the Carnegie American Institute. They determined that Saturn actually was surrounded by 82 satellites - three more than Jupiter. All satellites have a diameter of about five kilometers. 17 of them move around the planet in the opposite direction, and the remaining three - in the same as Saturn.

According to scientists, studying the orbits of new celestial bodies will help to learn about the origin of Saturn.

Anyone can suggest names for satellites via Twitter. Until December sixth, users are invited to write the name of their beloved giant from Inuit, Scandinavian and Gallic mythology. Read more about the competition on the Carnegie Institution website.