The first moon that we discovered was, of course, our own. Next, the Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto by Galileo Galilei on the 17th.
And from there we have never seen back. And discovering more and more new moons.
But you should see here: 👀
Some have only one moon like our Earth and some have more than 50 moons like Jupiter.
Most of the planets – except- Venus and Mercury – have moons, even Pluto and some other dwarf planets, as well as some small asteroids, also have moons.
But have you ever thought about how many are in our solar system?
As far as we have discovered there are more than 210 moons in our solar system. I have answered very briefly. (If you want you can see facts now)
This also has moons of draft planets.
But there are many things :
As per NASA, there are 214 moons in the solar system: 158 confirmed moons and 56 provisional moons. This also has a moon of draft planets)
Moons which are ones we suspect maybe there or have been spotted once but haven’t yet been confirmed.
For this ranking, we’ve included all confirmed moons and some “bonus” moons.
As our ability will increase for sure we will spot more moons orbiting our solar system’s distant planets. And then we will group them according to their properties.
(If you have gotten your answer then you can just go to the facts area) 😃
Here is a story: 🍃
Here if you want to understand the answer better. You should see these two different types of the moon that are going to be interesting.
Regular moon: These moons have comparatively small orbits, which are many times circular and roughly hover along with the parent objects.
These moons likely formed alongside their parent body, by the remaining materials along their early orbits. For example our moon.
Irregular moons: Irregular moons mostly have large, unlike regular moons that orbit the equator plane, they don’t neatly circle the object’s equator.
The interesting thing to note: Most irregular moons are thought to be “captured,” meaning that they are passing from there and got tangled up in the orbits of the larger body and stayed there. For example moons of mars.
Facts about different moons
10 Biggest moons of the solar system
Moons can be so big and can be so small.
So here are the 10 biggest moons of the solar system.
The biggest is the Ganymede moon of Jupiter and our moon is in the fifth position.
1. Once our moon was the part of the earth
Scientists are not 100 per cent sure how it was formed but a popular theory says that:
The moon was once part of the earth as its composition is very similar to that of Earth.
All things are going good but suddenly then:
Mars seized rock 🪨 ( named as Theia) crashed into the earth’s surface around 4 billion years ago.
The debris from this collision all came together and formed our dear Moon. Ta-da 🎉 you can share on social media.
2. The moon is drifting away from our Earth
(Why does the moon want to go away from the earth? May he was afraid because of Elon musk)
The moon is drifting away from our earth with a speed of nearly 3.8 km away from our planet every year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for around 45-50 billion years. Source
3. If Ganymede starts orbiting the sun then it would be a planet
How can a moon become a planet by just changing its orbit centre?
Probably you are right but look here:
Ganymede is larger than both planet Mercury and Pluto ( ok now it is not a planet but at some time it was believed to be a)
And is 2/3 the size of Mars with a diameter of 5,268 km (3,273 miles) – 8% larger than Mercury?
(You can see my post in which I have told you that Jupiter also wants to become like the sun)
4. Highly cratered dark regions cover a lot of land in Ganymede.
Ganymede is highly cratered due to the heavy impact of asteroids or comets and dates back to around 4 billion years ago.
In these craters light never goes.
The lighter regions of the moon’s surface are not quite so old and cover the rest of the surface of Ganymede.
( You can see one more fact related to strange things that can be done in these craters.)
5. Saturn’s moon Titan has an atmosphere that is denser than Earth’s
Titan is the only moon in the solar system that is known to have a substantial atmosphere 🍀. And did you know:
Titan’s atmosphere is denser than that of Mars, it is almost more than 50% denser than our atmosphere. (You can see here which planet has the densest atmosphere)
In terms of its composition, the main component is nitrogen ( like us) with varying amounts of some hydrocarbons such as ethane, and carbon dioxide. Source
See also: Quick facts about Saturn planet
6. Europa: A moon that is hospitable to life.
Europa is named after a woman in Greek mythology who was the daughter of a big king.
Because It is water-rich and has a little warm interior, many scientists think it could be hospitable to life.
7.Europa has a very smooth surface.
Europa has a very smooth surface which means that water from beneath sometimes somehow escapes and freezes smoothly. 🧊
8. One of the Mars moon Phobos is very close to it.
Phobos has a total orbit distance of about 5,826 miles (9,376 km) from Mars.
The distance is further than San Francisco 🗽 to Berlin 🇩🇪 ( However, this isn’t considered to be too far when it comes to planets and their satellites)
This distance between satellite and planet is the closest which has been found in the entire solar system.
Do you know what is the distance between the earth and the moon? It is 238,606 miles( 384000 km)
9. The second moon of mars means ‘terror’
The second moon of mars is Deimos which in Greek mythology, is the son of Ares, the Greek god of War and is the personification of terror.
But do know this interesting story: 🤺
He was known to join his father in the war along with his twin brother, Phobos that we have seen above, which is the name of Mars first moon.
10. Seasons on Uranus moon last for just 42 years
Since all of Uranus’s moons orbit the planet on their sides and almost in the planet’s equatorial plane.
This is looking simple but here is a deal:
Because of this, each of Titania’s poles spends 42 years (50% of Uranus’s orbital period around the Sun) in sunlight, and 42 years in darkness.
That’s why seasons lasts there for 42 years ❄️.
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