The Irregular Jupiter Satellite S/2002 J1

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University of Hawaii astronomers announce the discovery of another satellite of Jupiter, bringing the total of known Jupiter satellites to 40. Jupiter now has more known satellites than any other planet.

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Discovery of the Satellite

The satellite was discovered on October 31, 2002 by Scott S. Sheppard from the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii at the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope while recovering previously discovered satellites of Jupiter. The satellite was formally announced by the International Astronomical Union on Circular No. 8035 on December 18, 2002.

Figure 1: The two discovery images of S/2002 J1 showing the motion of the satellite relative to background stars and galaxies. Click on the image to learn more about them.

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Here is a table and diagram showing all of Jupiter's satellites incluing the newly discovered S/2002 J1

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To learn more about the satellites of Jupiter visit The Jupiter Satellite Page.

Contacts:
Scott S. Sheppard