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How many satellites have been discovered in the Solar System after Galileo?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 November 2010

Zhanna Pozhalova
Research Institute “Nikolaev Astronomical Observatory”, Observatornaya 1, Nikolaev, 54030, Ukraine email:
Dmitrij Lupishko
Institute of Astronomy of Kharkiv V. N. Karazin National University, Sumskaya 35, Kharkiv, 61001, Ukraine email:
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By the beginning of 2010 the total number of natural satellites and multiple systems in the Solar System was equal to 350, including: 168 satellites of large planets, 119 multiple asteroids (including main-belt and near-Earth asteroids, Mars-crossers and Jupiter Trojan asteroids) and 63 multiple transneptunian and Kuiper-belt objects. Meanwhile, we cannot count precisely how many moons in total have been discovered to date due to the deficiency of accepted definitions.

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