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What planet has the most moons?

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As of 2014, Saturn has the most confirmed moons with a total of 53, according to NASA. The planet has nine moons awaiting official confirmation.

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The planet with the second-highest number of moons in Jupiter, which has 50 confirmed moons and 17 potential moons awaiting confirmation. The planet Uranus has 27 moons, while Neptune has 13 confirmed moons and one provisional moon. Mars has two moons, and Earth has one. The planets Venus and Mercury do not have any known moons. The largest moon in the solar system is Ganymede and orbits Jupiter. Titan, the solar system's second-largest moon, orbits Saturn.

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