Uranus’ Moons Named After Shakespearean Characters + 14 More Facts About Moons In Our Solar System We Bet You Never Knew Before


Everyone knows about our Moon, because it’s hard not to notice it in the night sky. But what about others? Are there even any others?

Today Nexter.org will tell you about something you have never seen before – moons of other planets in our system.

New moons of Jupiter

American specialists have discovered 12 new moons of Jupiter. They were searching for a hypothetical “Planet 9”, and instead of it they discovered twelve new moons of the giant planet. Thus, the largest planet of our system now has 79 moons!

Source: Wikipedia

Shakespeare and moons

While most of the moons that revolve around other planets are named after the heroes of Greek mythology, the moons of Uranus are unique in this sense, since they are named after Shakespearean characters, along with a couple of moons named after the heroes of Alexander Pope works.

Space water

On Saturn’s moon Enceladus, there are fountains that throw huge streams of water into space. According to NASA, it seems to be one of the most hospitable places in the system outside the Earth.

Source: Time

5 Pluto’s moons

In addition to Charon, Pluto actually has four more moons, which just randomly orbiting. They, most likely, were formed long ago after a collision of two bodies.

Source: Pinterest

Moons that are bigger than a planet

Ganymede (moon of Jupiter) and Titan (moon of Saturn) are the two largest moons in the system. In fact, each of them exceeds the size of Mercury.

Source: Pinterest

Phobos rises twice

Phobos, one of the moons of Mars, rises and sets in the horizon of Mars twice a day (and it rises in the west and sets in the east). All because he orbits faster than Mars rotates around its axis.

Source: NewBranch


There are more water on Europa (Jupiter’s moon) than on Earth. The subsurface oceans of this moon can have a depth of 170 km.

Source: Discovery

Rings on Rhea

The moon of Saturn, Rhea, may have its own system of rings. If the hypothesis is confirmed, then these rings will be the first ones found around a moon in the universe.

Source: wikipedia

Cosmic Pacman and the Death Star

Saturn’s moon Mimas looks very similar to the Death Star, and the image of temperature variations on its surface resembles Pacman.

Source: Space Answers

The Lord of the Rings

Mountains on Titan, the moon of Saturn, were named after the mountains from the trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings.

Source: JPL – NASA

Volcanoes on the moon

The moon of Jupiter, Io, is the most geologically active body of the system (with 400 active volcanoes).

Source: Pinterest


Neso is the most distant moon of Neptune. He orbits around Neptune at such a great distance that for one revolution around the planet he needs 26 years.

Source: Wikidata

Walnut moon

At the equator of Yapet, a moon of Saturn, lies a mountain ridge 13 km high, making it look like a walnut.

Source: CosmoScape

Neptune The Destroyer

The gravity of Neptune will destroy its own moon Triton one day. Due to this, the planet will acquire a ring, similar to the ring of Saturn.

Source: Universe Today

We may live on Europa one day

NASA deliberately destroyed its own automatic spacecraft Galileo, that was in Jupiter’s atmosphere, to protect Europa, one of its moons, because, according to scientists, we may find life on there one day.

Source: The Independent

These are quite surprising, aren’t they? Did you know about any of these facts before?


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Uranus' Moons Named After Shakespearean characters + 14 More Facts About Moons In Our Solar System We Bet You Never Knew Before
Everyone knows about our Moon, because it's hard not to notice it in the night sky. But what about others? Are there even any others?

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