There are new moons around Neptune and Uranus

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The moon count in our solar system just went up by threeWASHINGTON — Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system — two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus.
The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced Friday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center.
The latest tally puts Neptune at 16 known moons and Uranus at 28.
One of Neptune’s new moons has the longest known orbital journey yet.
It takes around 27 years for the small outer moon to complete one lap around Neptune, the vast icy planet farthest from the sun, said Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington who helped make the discovery.
The new moon orbiting Uranus, with an estimated diameter of just 5 miles (8 kilometers), is likely the smallest of the planet’s moons.
“We suspect that there may be many more smaller moons” yet to be discovered, he said.
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Our solar system now has three more moons than before.

Washington, DC—Two new moons orbiting Neptune and one around Uranus have been discovered by astronomers, bringing the total number of known moons in our solar system to three.

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center revealed the location of the far-off tiny moons on Friday. The moons were discovered with the aid of strong land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile.

According to the most recent count, Uranus has 28 known moons while Neptune has 16.

The longest known orbital path is found on one of Neptune’s new moons. The tiny outer moon circles Neptune, the massive icy planet furthest from the sun, in about 27 years, according to Scott Sheppard, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington who contributed to the discovery.

Probably the smallest of the planet’s moons, the new moon orbiting Uranus has an estimated diameter of just 5 miles (8 kilometers).

“We believe there could be a significant number of smaller moons” that are still undiscovered, he stated.

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