posted on May, 31 2010 @ 04:22 PM
reply to post by letthereaderunderstand
The rise in the number of moons discovered around Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter was not caused by better telescopes.
Many of the moons of Neptune and Uranus were found by data from the Voyager 2 spacecraft gathered in 1986 -- Because of direct observation by Voyager
2, the number of moons of Neptune went from 3 to 8, and the number of moons of Uranus went from 5 to 16.
Jupiter and Saturn are closer, so ground-based observation is still effective in finding small moons (unlike for Uranus and Neptune). However, the
rise in the number of moons for both Jupiter and Saturn were not "strictly" the result of "better telescopes as your link says, but rather due to a
single team of astronomers using a new method for searching for these moons....The team led by Scott Sheppard and David Jewitt discovered the bulk of
Jupiter's and Saturn's small moons.
Sure, the fact that the telescopes they used were "better" did help the discoveries, but it was more the method used and detailed observations used
by this team that led to theses moons being discovered. If it was only because of better telescopes, then many more people would have also discovered
these moons -- not just mostly this one team.
[edit on 5/31/2010 by Soylent Green Is People]