The last Supermoon of 2020 is bright and beautiful over the UK tonight.
A new dwarf planet has been officially named, Gonggong! It’s moon is named too, Xiangliu!
Gonggong, might be the fourth largest known object orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune, after Pluto, Eris, and Makemake. It is similar in size to Pluto’s moon, Charon. https://www.cnet.com/news/meet-gonggong-the-first-major-body-in-the-solar-system-with-a-chinese-name/
A team discovered a haul of 20 new moons orbiting the ringed planet, bringing its total to 82; Jupiter, by contrast, has 79 natural satellites. Each of the newly discovered objects in orbit around Saturn is about 5km (three miles) in diameter; 17 of them orbit the planet “backwards”. The moons were discovered using the Subaru telescope on Maunakea, Hawaii.
By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website
Parker Solar Probe, shown in this animation, became the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun on Oct. 29, 2018, when it passed within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL
Mars is no place for the faint-hearted. Arid, rocky, cold and apparently lifeless, the Red Planet offers few hospitalities. Fans of extreme sports can rejoice, however, for the Red Planet will challenge even the hardiest souls among us. Home to the largest volcano in the solar system, the deepest canyon and crazy weather and temperature patterns, Mars looms as the ultimate lonely planet destination