Jupiter's 80th moon might really exist as a newbie astronomer claims that she spotted the additional natural satellite of the planet in its 2003 photo, which the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope or CFHT captured.  

Jupiter 80th Moon Appears In CFH Telescope's 2003 Photo: Newbie Astronomer Corrects NASA's Record
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This artist's conceptual drawing released June 13, 2002 depicts a Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the star, 55 Cancri, about 41 light years from Earth. A possible moon around the planet is shown because such moons are thought to be common around this type of planet, but no moon has been detected.

If her claim is proven correct, space experts claim that it will be the first time an amateur astronomer discovered a new moon in the solar system. 

Kai Ly, the young, lucky space expert who discovered the Red Giant's 80th moon, contacted the Minor Planet Mailing List on Wednesday, June 30. 

"Lately I've been working on a rudimentary project to revisit a comprehensive Jovian moons survey by Jewitt, Sheppard and Gladman et al. in 2003, which for some reason was largely undocumented despite its fruitful result of 23 Jovian moon discoveries," she explained

"For a full-scale survey of Jupiter's Hill sphere like this, the data is very much unexplored when you consider that many of the recently-discovered moons (i.e. Ersa and Valetudo) were present and clearly visible in this dataset but were not reported hitherto," added the newbie space researcher. 

Is Jupiter's 80th Real? 

According to NASA Science Solar System Exploration's report, Jupiter only has 79 moons. The international space agency added that only 53 of these natural satellites are named. 

Jupiter 80th Moon Appears In CFH Telescope's 2003 Photo: Newbie Astronomer Corrects NASA's Record

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The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in this picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, December 3, 2000. Ganymede is larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto and Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Both Ganymede and Titan have greater surface area.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration added that the remaining 26 moons still don't have official names. On the other hand, the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center also recognizes the record of NASA when it comes to the total number of Jupiter's moon.

However, Ly contradicted this idea and submitted a paper for Jupiter's 80th moon recognition. PetaPixel reported that the amateur astronomer studied three survey images. 

These photos specifically cover the same region of the sky at different periods. She claimed that the 80th planet of Jupiter has an orbit that is secured for the following decades. 

Her finding was confirmed by David Tholen of the University of Hawaii. Thanks to his recognition, Ly claims that her discovery is just one of the upcoming amateur astronomer space discoveries.  

Ly Says Her Discovery Came From Her Summer Hobby

The amateur astronomer said that she didn't specifically look for the 80th moon of the Red Giant planet. Ly explained that their moon-hunting activity was just a part of their summer hobby before going back to school. 

Her accomplishment also attracted other popular newbie astronomers, such as Sam Deen. 

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