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Where did Triton come from ?

Posted on Monday, 6 June, 2011 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Persia


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Neptune's moon Tritan is unusual in that it is geologically active and has a retrograde orbit.

The last good look at Triton scientists had was back during the Voyager 2 mission in 1989, images sent back by the spacecraft revealed a smooth surface and nitrogen geysers. Now scientists are urging for a return mission to Neptune to take a closer look at its engimatic moon.

"The current thinking is that Triton was not a rock but probably a Kuiper Belt object that was somehow pushed Neptune's way."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Taut on 6 June, 2011, 14:28
Wonder how many other planet sized things are hiding in the belt? And will they be coming to visit?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Cosmic2012 on 6 June, 2011, 18:10
Very good question @Taut. I believe personally that there may be a lot of moon or even dwarf-planet sized objects in the KB. However, don't call them anything but Kuiper Belt objects or Neil DeGrasse Tyson might get upset Actually I think he is wrong in being so conclusive of the statements he made regarding anything out that far as only being KB objects. I usually like him, but when he tries to write the rules himself it irritates me. It would be nice to know if Triton did come from the KB. It would clue us into the possibilities that other larger bodies might be cruising around out there.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Surreptitious on 6 June, 2011, 18:17
I think it's pretty likely that Neptune and other gas giants, sucked previous planets into their orbits. Including KB objects.
Comment icon #4 Posted by 27vet on 7 June, 2011, 6:00
Earth could have a new moon one day.


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