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Triton: Neptune’s Interesting Moon

Triton is Neptune’s largest moon with a diameter of 1,680 miles (2,700 kilometers). It was discovered in 1846 by astronomer William Lassell a little over two weeks after Neptune’s discovery. Triton is named after one of Poseidon’s sons; Poseidon is the Greek god equivalent of the Roman god Neptune. Triton is unique in that itContinue reading “Triton: Neptune’s Interesting Moon” Continue reading

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Odd One Out

  Neptune’s moon Triton is a peculiar world in the Solar System. It just doesn’t fit with any solar system formation theory and the mysteries still remain. Why does the moon orbit backwards? Why is the surface so smooth? Is there a subsurface ocean? If a collision caused the backwards orbit, why does Triton still … Continue reading Odd One Out Continue reading

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Blog #5: Triton: From Kuiper Belt to Neptune

The Kuiper Belt is a disc in the solar system, extending from Neptune’s orbit to 50 AU from the Sun. The belt is like an asteroid belt, but it is far larger and more massive, containing many small bodies and remnants from the formation of the solar system. As expected, most objects in the Kuiper […] Continue reading

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Triton: The Unexpected Volcanic World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eXac1DGcjM When we think of volcanic activity, we expect molten lava to come out.  However, this video from the Science Channel explains that instead of lava, Triton actually produces nitrogen gas to the atmospheric as well as “moon dust.”   As … Continue reading Continue reading

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