The moon of Neptune Nayad uses some slippery choreographic moves to keep from colliding with his close partner Talas when the pair is orbiting the ice giant, NASA new research shows.
Two of the 14 confirmed moons of Neptune, Thalassa and Naiad are only 60 miles (100 km) wide. Small Tic-Tac objects range about 1,500 miles (1850 km) apart, but never collide.
This happens because, unlike our moon, which just orbits the Earth, Naiad revolves around Neptune in a zigzag pattern, perfectly designed to not collide with "partner" Talas, NASA explained. Experts have called this rat choreography "dance of avoidance"
"There are many different types of 'dance' that planets, moons and asteroids can follow, but this never seen before, " Marina Brozovic, a researcher at the space agency's jet engine lab.
Brozovic notes that Naiad may have been" kicked " in his unusual orbit by a more unusual orbit. an early "interaction" with one of the other Neptune moons, after which it closes into an eternal dance with Tal They are.
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