New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune

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Posted July 16, 2013 by Johnny2x in Science

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Or is it a UFO hiding behind a asteroid that Elvis is driving?

Nope it’s a teeny tiny moon found by Hubble. The moon with the sexy name S/2004 N 1 is thought to be no more than 12 miles across, making it the smallest of the planet’s 14 moons.

More at Gizmag.com:

New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune

The small moon orbits Neptune every 23 hours at a distance of around 65,400 miles (105,250 km). It was discovered almost by accident when Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, extended his analysis of the faint ring-arcs of Neptune beyond the ring system itself, and noticed a small unidentified dot between the orbits of the moons Proteus and Larissa.

S/2004 N 1 now joins Neptune’s 13 existing moons, the largest of which is the icy Triton at nearly the size of Earth’s own moon.

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Source: NASA

You want to see an awesome up close picture of Neptune? BAM!!!! Here ya go

This image of Neptune was taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (Image: NASA)

This image of Neptune was taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1989, at a distance of 4.4 million miles (Image: NASA)

 

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