In July 2018, Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science announced the discovery of 12 new moons orbiting Jupiter. Eleven are “normal” outer moons, and one is what he called an “oddball.” This brought Jupiter’s total number of known moons to a whopping 79 — the most of any planet in our solar system.
Now you can help Sheppard and his co-discoverers select the names for five of these newly announced moons!
Contest Launch Date:
February 21, 2019
Contest End Date:
April 15, 2019
How To Submit:
Tweet your suggested moon name to @JupiterLunacy and tell us why you picked it using 280 characters or fewer or a short video. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.
The General Rules:
– Jupiter Moons must be named after characters from Roman or Greek mythology who were either descendants or lovers of the god known as Jupiter (Roman) or Zeus (Greeks).
– Submissions must be 16 characters of fewer, preferably one word.
– Submissions must not be offensive in any language or to any culture.
– Submissions must not be too similar to the existing names of any moons or asteroids.
– Names of a purely or principally commercial nature are prohibited.
– Names of individuals, places, or events that are principally known for political, military, or religious activities are not suitable.
– Names commemorating living persons are not allowed.
The Rules for Each Individual Moon:
– S/2003 J5 (Jupiter LVII) which is retrograde and thus name must be related to Jupiter or Zeus and end in an “e.”
– S/2003 J15 (Jupiter LVIII) which is retrograde and thus name must be related to Jupiter or Zeus and end in an “e.”
– S/2003 J3 (Jupiter LX) which is retrograde and thus name must be related to Jupiter or Zeus and end in an “e.”
– S/2017 J4 (Jupiter LXV) which is prograde and thus name must be related to Jupiter or Zeus and end in an “a.”
– S/2018 J1 (Jupiter LXXI) which is prograde and thus name must be related to Jupiter or Zeus and end in an “a.”
Further details about how the International Astronomical Union names astronomical objects can be found here.
This video details some of the possible Jupiter moon names and can tell you more about how the Jupiter moon-naming process works.
Make Sure Your Proposed Name Is Not Already In Use:
– Current Asteroid names can be checked at the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center here or here.
– Existing names for Jupiter’s other moons can be checked at Sheppard’s website here.
A Song About Jupiter and Its Moons:
Bottom line: Enter a contest to help name five newly discovered moons of Jupiter!
Members of the EarthSky community - including scientists, as well as science and nature writers from across the globe - weigh in on what's important to them. Photo by Robert Spurlock.