Neptune may be one of the more mysterious planets in the solar system, but a new study notes that two of its moons, Nayad and Thalassa, are locked in an "escape dance".
The research you can read in the arXiv repository notes that the two celestial satellites are only separated by approximately 1150 miles, but they never reach within 2 200 miles of each other orbiting at slightly different speeds. Naiad also moves on a "zigzag pattern" while Thalassa does not.
"We refer to this recurring model as resonance," says study lead author Marina Brozovic, an expert on solar system dynamics at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. , In a statement. "There are many different types of 'dance' that planets, moons and asteroids can follow, but this one has never been seen before.
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The model never changes, since Naiad takes about seven hours to orbit the ice giant planet planet, and .
it is unclear how this model began, but Brozovic believes it may have arisen when their original model was discontinued after Neptune captured its largest moon, Triton, before aeons.
"We suspect that Nayad was kicked into his inclined orbit by earlier interaction with one of the other inner moons of Neptune," Brozovic added in a statement. "It is only later, after its orbital inclination has been established, that Naiad is able to establish itself in this unusual resonance with Talas."
Nearly 30 years after the NASA spacecraft visited the farthest planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune, the space agency is looking to get back.
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Uranus and Neptune are relatively unexplored, the space agency added at the time, despite the fact that Voyager 2 took pictures of both planets in 1986 and 1989 respectively.
In March, NASA JPL scientists proposed a mission that to explore Neptune's largest moon, Triton, which some have speculated may have an ocean hidden beneath its surface.
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