Our lovely home, Earth has just one beautiful moon. Some planets have much more of them, while others are left without. So, how many moons exist out there?
Let’s visit all the moons in order from the sun!
Mercury and Venus
The first ones are Mercury and Venus. Neither of them has a moon.
Because Mercury is so close to the sun and its gravity, it wouldn’t be able to hold on to its own moon. Any moon would most likely crash into Mercury or maybe go into orbit around the sun and eventually get pulled into it.
As for Venus, it is still a mystery for scientists to solve.
Earth (Our Lovely Home)
Our beautiful home, as we all know, has one moon.
Mars has two moons. Their names are Phobos and Deimos.
Here comes the biggest planet in our solar system. It has a lots of moons. Jupiter, has 53 moons! The most well-known are Io (pronounced eye-oh), Europa, and Callisto. Jupiter also has the biggest moon in our solar system, Ganymede.
These moons are so big you can see them with just a pair of binoculars.
Saturn has 53 moons, without counting Saturn’s beautiful rings. Saturn’s moons have great names like Mimas, Enceladus, and Tethys. One of these moons, named Titan, even has its own atmosphere, which is very unusual for a moon.
Uranus and Neptune
Uranus has 27 moons that we know of. Because of the large distance from the Sun, some of them are half made of ice.
Lastly, Neptune has 13 moons. One of them, Triton, is as big as dwarf planet Pluto.
As for other Moons…
There are also 24 “unconfirmed” moons. Jupiter has 14, Saturn has nine, and Neptune has one. They’re unconfirmed because we’re waiting to get more information about them.
If all these moons do get confirmed, Jupiter will have 67 moons! Living on a planet with such a vast number of moons would be splendid!