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01/04/2003 03:05 PM ID: 27618 Permalink   

New Moon Discovered: Jupiter now has 40


Scott Sheppard of the University of Hawaii, has discovered a 40th moon orbiting Jupiter. He was using a 2.2-meter telescope, on top of the Hawaiian mountain Mauna Kea.

In a press statement, Sheppard said: "Since Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system it has influenced our neighborhood second only to the sun."

The new moon has been called, S/2002 J1, and takes 748 days to orbit Jupiter. It is thought to be about 2.2 miles (3.5 km) in diameter.

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