New Moon Around Neptune

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posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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Not really a new moon exactly but one which has previously escaped observers.


A tiny, previously unknown moon circling Neptune has been spotted by astronomers using the Hubble telescope.

The moon, which is currently known as S/2004 N1, was found on July 1 by Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., NASA announced Monday.

It is less than 20 kilometres wide and its orbit is 105,000 kilometres from Neptune, between those of Larissa and Proteus, two of Neptune's other 14 known moons. It circles Neptune once every 23 hours.

The tiny moon is so small and dim that it was even missed by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft when it flew by and observed Neptune, its moons and its rings in 1989.



And at 20 kilometers wide, not that large either.

Some people are unaware of Neptune's rung segment, so in this article link you can get a picture of what the rings look like to Hubble. They found the moon while studying the ring segment.

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posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 03:16 PM
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Wonder what all these space craft are coming into the solar system for. Guess they are ready for something big!

Interesting

Finding the new moon increases the likelihood that there are more objects around Pluto, and that’s a hazard for New Horizons. Worse would be a cloud of debris encasing the dwarf planet. But scientists behind the mission have contingency plans in place.



So there is a mission that will reach neptune in 2015:

New Horizons was launched in 2006 when three of Pluto’s moons were known:


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posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 04:34 PM
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It is less than 20 kilometres


in words of the immortal ATS-ers...it's a rock



posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 05:11 PM
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I don't know why but it kind of makes me sad in a way that we are using Hubble to look at Neptune's pitiful 20kilometre rock moon.

I feel like we should strap a couple rockets on a Hubble-like tele and send it out as far as it can go to send us back some real views, not to mention give it all the abilities of the visual spectrum so we're seeing it all.



posted on Jul, 15 2013 @ 10:27 PM
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Originally posted by MarioOnTheFly
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It is less than 20 kilometres


in words of the immortal ATS-ers...it's a rock


totally not a rock.. or an alien space craft

it's most likely a chinese lantern. or a neptunian one


science is always finding new things that were always there lols
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posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 03:32 AM
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Originally posted by yourmaker
I don't know why but it kind of makes me sad in a way that we are using Hubble to look at Neptune's pitiful 20kilometre rock moon.

I feel like we should strap a couple rockets on a Hubble-like tele and send it out as far as it can go to send us back some real views, not to mention give it all the abilities of the visual spectrum so we're seeing it all.



Where exactly would you send the telescope to get "real views"? Where _are_ those "real views", if not all around us?



posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 09:30 AM
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Awww how cute, a mini moon.


I can see the memes now, good times ahead.

Only 20 kilometers huh? That makes me wonder what the cut off point in size is for it to be classified as a moon.

Thanks for posting, S&F





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posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 09:54 AM
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Help me with my astronomy, please, anyone?

Weren't the rings on any planet thought to be destroyed satellites (moons)? Perhaps this is a remnant? Or the reforming of the remaining debris?

A body found floating in a ring would be interesting. But 20km seems kinda small to get excited about.



posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 02:42 PM
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Originally posted by SeenAlot
Help me with my astronomy, please, anyone?

Weren't the rings on any planet thought to be destroyed satellites (moons)? Perhaps this is a remnant? Or the reforming of the remaining debris?

A body found floating in a ring would be interesting. But 20km seems kinda small to get excited about.


If it had a regular geometry structure, landing lights, communication dishes and a laser defense system that would be interesting
Or if it were a 20km radius diamond that would be interesting too


But is it a meteorite that got trapped in a stable orbit, or was it once part of the planet?



posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 03:10 PM
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"That's no moon...it's a spacestation."
~Obi Wan



posted on Jul, 17 2013 @ 02:06 AM
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I wonder if it has a giant spaceworm in it....





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