Living on Triton: Neptune's Moon Explained (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Living on Triton: Neptune's Moon Explained (Infographic) By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon (Luna), Mars, Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Saturn, Enceladus, Titan, Iapetus, Hyperion, Uranus, Miranda, Neptune or Triton #Astronomy

Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon (Luna), Mars, Jupiter, Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Saturn, Enceladus, Titan, Iapetus, Hyperion, Uranus, Miranda, Neptune or Triton #Astronomy

triton moon | Triton Moon Base

triton moon | Triton Moon Base

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. The images were taken on Aug. 20, 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach on Aug. 25. NASA

25 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Captures Images of Neptune

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. The images were taken on Aug. 20, 1989, at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest approach on Aug. 25. NASA

1846 - Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell

1846 - Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell

Triton, the largest moon of Neptune. Because Triton has a retrograde orbit (opposite that of it's planet), it was likely captured by Neptune's gravitational pull from the Kuiper Belt. It's about the same size and has a very similar makeup to Pluto, another Kuiper Belt object. Triton's orbit is slowly shrinking, and it is expected that in about 3.6 billion years, it will either collide with Neptune or be destroyed, forming a Saturn-like ring system.

Triton, the largest moon of Neptune. Because Triton has a retrograde orbit (opposite that of it's planet), it was likely captured by Neptune's gravitational pull from the Kuiper Belt. It's about the same size and has a very similar makeup to Pluto, another Kuiper Belt object. Triton's orbit is slowly shrinking, and it is expected that in about 3.6 billion years, it will either collide with Neptune or be destroyed, forming a Saturn-like ring system.

The gas giant planet Neptune in our solar system has 14 known moons, including the strange backwards-orbiting Triton. See what we know about Neptune's moons.

The gas giant planet Neptune in our solar system has 14 known moons, including the strange backwards-orbiting Triton. See what we know about Neptune's moons.

Dark streaks on Triton formed by deposits from ice or cryovolcanos. Credit: NASA

Dark streaks on Triton formed by deposits from ice or cryovolcanos. Credit: NASA

Triton, moon of Neptune, observed by the Voyager 2 space probe on August 24, 1989. (NASA)

Triton, moon of Neptune, observed by the Voyager 2 space probe on August 24, 1989. (NASA)

Triton orbit & Neptune - Triton (moon) - Wikipedia

Triton orbit & Neptune - Triton (moon) - Wikipedia

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