Home » Uncategorized » Neptune’s 14th Moon Discovered and It’s a Tiny One
neptune

Neptune’s 14th Moon Discovered and It’s a Tiny One

neptune

It’s amazing to think how quickly our knowledge of space has changed. There was a time when mankind thought the Sun revolved around the Earth, that advanced aliens might live on Mars and that 9 planets could be found in our Solar System. All of these previous ideas and ‘facts’ have completely changed over the course of time, and we are continuing to learn new things about space each and every day.

In recent times we have found quite a few planets outside of solar system, many of which could potentially support life. We’ve even learned that our Solar System has a very wide back porch that takes quite some time to cross. Even closer to home, the Hubble Space Telescope has just discovered that Neptune has a new moon that was apparently missed back in 1989 when the Voyager passed by the planet.

The new moon is now designated as S/2004 N1 and is the 14th known moon orbiting the planet – that’s a lot of moons!

So why’d we miss the moon in the first place? Probably because it is so darn small, coming in at just 12 miles across. According to Scientists, the new moon would likely complete a full orbit around Neptune once every 23 hours.

The moral of the story is that you never know what’s lurking around the corner in space.. heck, maybe those advanced Martians aren’t so crazy after all.

Source: BBC

About Andrew Grush

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.