Newly discovered moon of Neptune

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Newly discovered moon of Neptune Empty Newly discovered moon of Neptune

Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:13 pm

So basically, a researcher was looking at a bunch of photos of Neptune taken by the Hubble telescope and on a whim, looked well out beyond the rings when he noticed a bright spot.

Carefully checking other photos and more research determined this to be a tiny (20 km in diameter) moon that not even previous NASA fly-bys like Gallileo had discovered.

Newly discovered moon of Neptune Image_full

So now the discoverer, Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute, gets to propose its name. In keeping with the rules, it has to be a name related to Neptune in either the Greek or Roman pantheon. So he's proposed Polyphemus or Lamia, which were children of Poseidon, the Greek equivalent of Neptune. But I think they should name it ... George.

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