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Search for 'Planet X' Turns Up 12 More Jupiter Moons

Scott Sheppard's team is using a supercomputer to simulate 79 discovered moons of Jupiter over billions of years to learn how often Valetudo would collide with its neighbors.
The four moons that Galileo discovered orbit close to Jupiter. Sheppard's 12 orbit farther away. Valetudo moves in the opposite direction to its neighbors.
HOR_Jupiter_01 Source: Roberto Molar Candanosa/Carnegie Institution for Science

By the time astronomer started looking at Jupiter’s moons in a serious way in the 2000s, the planet had already been picked over like a Thanksgiving turkey. Galileo found four moons in 1610, another nine came in the first half of the 20th century, and the Voyager spacecraft added three more in 1979. But Sheppard had an advantage on

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