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NASA detects unusual orbital movements from Neptune’s moons

Date: 19 November 2019 Tags: Space
  • Astronomers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have discovered two of Neptune’s fourteen moons orbit the planet, while performing a dance like movements.
  • According to the research, the innermost moons, Naiad and Thalassa, orbit Neptune in a weird unison. Naiad, with a tilted orbit, takes seven hours to complete a revolution while Thalassa, on its outer orbit, takes seven and a half hours to go around Neptune.
  • Due to it’s tilted orbit, Naiad will be seen twice from above and twice from below as it overtakes the slower Thalassa by four laps.
  • Researchers think that the previous satellite system was disturbed by Triton, the largest moon of Neptune, which made the current unusual movements.