An amateur astronomer has discovered an unknown moon around us Jupiter after transferring old images from the telescope, the main thing first.
“I’m proud to say this is the first planetary moon discovered by an amateur astronomer!” search engine of the month Kai Ly said July 8th Sky and telescope a report that reveals in detail.
Jupiter can orbit around tens or even hundreds of undiscovered moons. This massive planet boasts a significant gravitational field that allows it to capture space debris into its orbit. Jupiter is currently the host at least 79 months, and the number continues to grow. The latest discovery was made by Ly, an amateur astronomer, and it is the latest addition to the catalog Carme a group of Jovian satellites.
Carme and his crew are small space rocks of unusual shape. They orbit in the opposite direction from Jupiter’s rotation – a phenomenon called retrograde – and the group travels around Jupiter at an extreme inclination relative to the orbital plane of the giant planet, according to NASA. Carme is the largest of the group, with a mean radius of 23 miles. Carme is the birthplace of the discovery of the amateur astronomer and other 22 famous members of the group. Astronomers think that Carme was an asteroid trapped by Jupiter’s gravity, and that his group are parts that broke off from him after a space collision.
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Ly came to his discovery by reviewing online data from 2003 collected by researchers at the University of Hawai’i using the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). Ly paid special attention to the images collected in February of that year, when the months were at their most obvious. This is caused by a phenomenon known as opposition, when the Sun and a given planet appear in opposite parts of the Earth’s sky. Our home planet sat in the middle of the line between the sun and Jupiter in February 2003, allowing astronomers on Earth to clearly see Jupiter’s starlit system.
Ly used observations from another so-called telescope Subaru to determine the 22-day arc of the object, which showed that the Moon candidate was probably related to Jupiter’s gravity. This starting line allowed them to find and confirm the existence of the Moon and other data sets.
In an article on space and the telescope, Ly described the exciting discovery as a “summer hobby before I go back to school”.
This rock is currently designated as EJc0061, but does not yet have a formal name. When it happens, it will probably end with the letter e like Carma. When NASA officials explained Carme’s name, they said “the name ending in ‘e’ was chosen in accordance with the International Astronomical Union’s policy for determining outer moons with retrograde orbits.”
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