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    • Save the Date: Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
      Please join us for the 34th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference on Friday, August 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Special guest speaker, Michell Thaller, Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Waukesha, WI native will discuss the United States’ “Return to the Moon.”  Registration for the event will open soon.

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    • Mileage Reimbursement Rate Updated
      Effective January 1, 2024, Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium will adopt the new IRS mileage rate of .67 per mile.

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New Count Reveals Jupiter has Most Moons in Solar System

May 18, 2023

By by Lah’Nylah Bivens, age 15

Astronomers discovered 12 new moons in Jupiter’s orbit in 2021 and 2022. That discovery bumped up Jupiter’s moon count to 92 moons, which is more than any other planet in our solar system. Previously, Saturn had the record for the most confirmed moons at 83.

Jupiter’s new moons have been added to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center’s list of moons. Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution, who was one of the people to discover the moons, has also participated in 70 other moon findings around Jupiter.

The 12 moons were found using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and range from 0.06 miles to two miles in diameter. According to Sheppard, only around six of these moons are big enough to be named. This is because named moons must be at least a mile in diameter.

The European Space Agency will be sending a space probe to Jupiter to study its new moons. NASA plans to study Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, with a probe called Europa Clipper in 2024. Sheppard stated there is a possibility for more moons to be discovered around Jupiter.

Experts say these new moons could be the products of comets and asteroids colliding with once bigger moons.

[Source: Associated Press ; PBS.org ]

About the Author: Lah’Nylah Bivens is a sophomore at La Follette High School and has been working at SSFP since fifth grade. Lah’Nylah is interested in writing about historical events and figures. In her free time, she enjoys watching documentaries and making candles for her business.


Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

    WSGC NEWS

    • Save the Date: Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
      Please join us for the 34th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference on Friday, August 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Special guest speaker, Michell Thaller, Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Waukesha, WI native will discuss the United States’ “Return to the Moon.”  Registration for the event will open soon.

      More >

    • Mileage Reimbursement Rate Updated
      Effective January 1, 2024, Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium will adopt the new IRS mileage rate of .67 per mile.

      More >

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