Mars, Solar System

How Many Moons Does Mars Have?

There are two moons that are present on Mars and they are named Deimos and Phobos.
How Many Moons Does Mars Have?

Mars is an interesting planet and one that scientists have been actively studying for decades. It is comprised of a Martian crust that is largely made up of volcanic basalt rock. The surface of the planet is covered by a dust that is similar in consistency to talcum power.

How Many Moons Does Mars Have?

There are two moons that are present on Mars and they are named Deimos and Phobos. In Latin, the names of the moons mean panic and fear, respectively. Unlike the Earth’s moon both of the moons on Mars are not round. They both have an irregular shape and are much smaller compared to the Earth’s moon. The sizes of the moons include 7.8 miles across for Deimos and 13.8 miles across for Phobos. Both of these moons are comprised of iron and rock, and they are covered with craters.

The History of the Moons on Mars

Scientists do not have a definitive answer concerning how Mars acquired both of these moons. It is largely believed that the gravity of Mars captured them at some point, but before this, they were two asteroids. Both of these moons were discovered by scientists in 1877. However, even with all of the decades that have passed and extreme advances in technology that make space study easier and more comprehensive, both of these moons are still largely shrouded in mystery.

Scientists believe that the origins of both moons could actually be different. More recent research shows that there is a chance that only Phobos was a captured asteroid, so the origin of Deimos is even more mysterious.

The moon situation on Mars simply adds to the intrigue of this planet.

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