Apparently, it’s just 1 kilometer wide, which means it’s the smallest moon scientists have discovered to date orbiting the planet, and it takes a full year and a half to make a complete trip around Jupiter.
Two years later in January 2016 Caltech’s Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, who picked up on what Sheppard and Trujillo found, announced that they had actually found evidence of such a giant planet traveling in an odd and drawn out orbit in the far reaches of the solar system.
A number of ground-based telescopes located in Chile and the United States were used to make the discovery of the new moons of Jupiter. As you might imagine, that’s far more than any other planet in our solar system can boast. It has a diameter of 3,273 miles (5,268 km). According to the scientist, the problem is that this moon is the only one in its area to turn in the opposite direction to other moons around it. As they were looking for distant objects, or even planets beyond Pluto, they had also chose to take a look at the celestial bodies revolving around Jupiter.
What does the research team say?
“Our other discovery is a real oddball and has an orbit like no other known Jovian moon“. In which they described ten on the recent Tuesday. According to reports and findings from astronomers, recently there has been addition of moons orbit on the planet. As the team noted in its announcement, “Elucidating the complex influences that shaped a moon’s orbital history can teach scientists about our Solar System’s early years”. This was concluded after multiple orbits where seen around Jupiter by the astronomer’s union in DC. So we think they’re intermediate between rocky asteroids and icy comets. “So they’re probably half ice and half rock”.
“It’s really exciting to be part of a team where we are not only looking for an undiscovered planet in our solar system, but at the same time we are able to search for exciting things like new Jupiter moons”, Trujillo said. This satellite revolves in the same General way as all retrograde satellites, but in the opposite direction.
The university says the moons are so faint that they are not all visible on any single photo, only when several images are combined.
According to Sheppard, Jupiter and Saturn may have the same amount of moons around them. There could be many unknown small moons around Saturn.