tech2 News StaffFeb 25, 2019 17:17:42 IST
The Carnegie Institution for Science has accidentally discovered twelve new moons circling Jupiter. But it looks like naming all of them proved a little much, and the organisation has announced a contest on Twitter to name five of them.
While the contest is open to anyone wishing to participate, there are rules — strict rules so people don't get "too" creative, or repeat pre-existing names of other celestial bodies or asteroids.
One of the 12 rules (set by the International Astronomical Union), entries must be 16 characters or less and cannot closely resemble names already given to pre-existing moons or other celestial bodies like asteroids.
Another no-go areas are names that are offensive in any language or culture or related to a company, individual, place, or of any political, military, or religious significance. Names that commemorate people who are still alive will also be rejected.
And those are just the most general of the rules.
If you're fairly familiar with Greek and Roman history and have any names in mind for Jupiter's new moons, head over to Twitter and send your suggestions to @JupiterLunacy with the hashtag #NameJupitersMoons.
The contest closes on 15 April this year.
The discovery brought Jupiter's total moon-count to 79, making it the only planet to have as many moons in our solar system.
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