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Neptune's moons dance in a strange orbit around each other

Voyager 2 Captures Planet Portraits Voyager 2 was launched on August 20, 1977. Follow the steps of his journey through our solar system through some of his most famous images. Voyager 2 captures planet portraits Voyager 2s view of Jupiter during the approach of the spacecraft. Voyager 2 Captures Planet Portraits Voyager 2 provided this image of Jupiter's red spot. …

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Neptune's moons are in a "dance of avoidance," says NASA

Neptune may be one of the more mysterious planets in the Solar System, but a new study finds that two of its moons, Naiad and Thalassa, are trapped in a "dance of avoidance." The Research That Can It The arXiv repository notes that the two Sky satellites are only about 1,150 miles apart, but never 2,200 miles apart and orbit …

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Neptune's moons tipto around each other to avoid a collision

Tango needs two, people say. The same applies to the moons of a neighboring planet. According to a recent study published in the journal Icarus last month, two of Neptune's tiny moons – Naiad and Thalassa – circle in an unprecedented way that scientists call "the moon". Dance of avoidance. "The study calls the two moons" partners, "noting that although …

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NASA has detected a strange orbital movement of two Neptune moons

Life is not always easy for astrophysicists: just when they've discovered another aspect of the movement patterns in our solar system, two of the moons of Neptune come to mess things up. The two eligible moons are Naiad and Thalassa, both about 100 kilometers or 62 miles wide, and running around their planet in a race called "Dance of Avoidance" …

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Space Ballet: 2 Neptune Moons Perform an unusual Pas de Deux

The two innermost moons of Neptune are in an unusual "dance of avoidance", their perfect choreography ensuring that the moons never get too close. This is a difficult task since their orbits are only 1,850 kilometers apart. But the moons themselves never get closer than within 2,200 miles (3,450 kilometers) – a few hundred miles shorter than the width of …

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NASA finds Neptune's Moons included in the "Dance of Avoidance"

Neptune's Moon Dance: This animation shows how the strange orbits of Neptune's Inner Moons Naiad and Thalassa allow them to dodge each other as they race around the planet. Credit: NASA Even by the wild standards of the outer solar system, the strange orbits that Neptune's carry two innermost moons are unprecedented, according to newly published research. Orbital dynamics experts …

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NASA picture of the day: Cassini satellite captures 5 of Saturn's moons | Science | News

On July 29, 2011 the NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) Cassini spacecraft's narrow-angle camera took this snapshot, capturing five of Saturn's moons, from just above the ringplane. Saturn's small moons Janus and Pandora, which are respectively 111 miles and 50 miles across (179 and 81km) across. In the middle of the sky 313 miles (504km) diameter moon Enceladus. [19659002] …

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20 new moons around Saturn discovered, now they need names

Go over, Jupiter. There is a new moon champion in our solar system – Saturn. Researchers have discovered an additional 20 moons orbiting the Ring Planet, giving a total of 82 satellites, three more than second-placed Jupiter. Of the 20 Moons According to a press release announcing the discovery, 17 small lanes with a diameter of only 5 kilometers have …

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Astronomers find 20 – Yes 20 – new moons for Saturn

The reign of Jupiter, named after the father of the Olympian gods, was long and sweet. Apart from being the largest planet in the solar system, this gas giant in the 17th century has shown that planets other than Earth can carry a system of moons. Between his size, his strong magnetic field and the system of 79 moons, Jupiter …

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The discovery of 20 new moons brings Saturn before Jupiter

The solar system has a new winner in the lunar division. Twenty new moons were found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82, scientists said Monday. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons. "It was fun to discover that Saturn is the true Moon King," said astronomer Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science. The largest …

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