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**Why don't all planets have one moon like the earth? How do other planets aquire more than one moon?** **Why don't all planets have one moon like the earth? How do other planets aquire more than one moon?**
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The short answer to your question is that not all moons are formed in the same way. The short answer to your question is that not all moons are formed in the same way.
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Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, are thought to be captured satellites, which means that they were not formed where we see them today. They most likely originated in the asteroid belt of our solar system, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, are thought to be captured satellites, which means that they were not formed where we see them today. They most likely originated in the asteroid belt of our solar system, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
-The moon systems of Jupiter and Saturn are thought to have formed in a way similar to the formation of the solar system. The moons formed in a disk that orbited around the forming planet.+The moon systems of Jupiter and Saturn are thought to have formed in a way similar to the formation of the solar system. The major satellites formed in a disk that orbited around the forming planet.
I hope this answers your question! I hope this answers your question!
-- Judy -- Judy
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 +<sub>Image credit: Kenneth Seidelmann, U.S. Naval Observatory, and NASA </sub>
 
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