Student becomes first amateur astronomer to discover a moon orbiting Jupiter on their summer break after re-discovering four lost moons around the gas giant | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Student becomes first amateur astronomer to discover a moon orbiting Jupiter on their summer break after re-discovering four lost moons around the gas giant

Amateur star gazer Kai Ly poured over data collected in February 2003 taken by researchers at the University of Hawaii and found a new member of the Carme group, a group of 22 other small moons that orbit the gas giant in the opposite direction of its spin.

The new moon, which has a provisional name of EJc0061 and brings the total number of moons to 80 (so far), is likely a piece that broke off Jupiter's moon Carme and is part of the Carme group, a collection of 22 other moons.

Nonetheless, it was a major find that Ly described as a 'summer hobby before I return to school.'

'I'm proud to say that this is the first planetary moon discovered by an amateur astronomer!' Ly said in an interview with Sky and Telescope.

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