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How Many Moons Does Each Planet Have?
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All planets except Mercury and Venus have at least one moon. Saturn has the greatest number of moons—18. In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope detected what appeared to be four additional moons of Saturn; however, that discovery has yet to be confirmed.
|Planet||Number of Moons||Names of Moons|
|Earth||1||The Moon (sometimes called Luna)|
|*Several other satellites have been reported but not confirmed.|
|Jupiter||16*||Metis, Adrastea, Amalthea, Thebe, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Leda, Himalia, Lysithia, Elara, Ananke, Carme, Pasiphae, Sinope|
|Saturn||18*||Atlas, 1981S13 (unnamed as yet), Prometheus, Pandora, Epimetheus, Janus, Mimas, Enceladus, Ththys, Telesto, Calypso, Dione, Helene, Rhea, Titan, Hyperion, Iapetus, Phoebe|
|Uranus||15||Cordelia, Ophelia, Bianca, Cressida, Desdemona, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Belinda, Puck, Miranda, Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon|
|Neptune||8||Naiad, Thalassa, Despina, Galatea, Larissa, Proteus, Triton, Nereid|
Sources: Famighetti, Robert, ed. World Almanac and Book of Facts 1996, pp. 279-80; The Universal Almanac 1992, pp. 17-22.
Posted by fact-finder on October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)
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