TITLE

Triton crashed into Neptune's moons

AUTHOR(S)
Crane, Leah
PUB. DATE
November 2017
SOURCE
New Scientist;11/18/2017, Vol. 236 Issue 3152, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information on the efforts of researcher Raluca Rufu and colleagues in figuring out what the Neptune system was like before Triton barrelled in, using a series of computer simulations. Topics discussed include the tiny moons which orbit in the direction of the planet's spin and the Triton, orbiting in the opposite direction; views of researcher Scott Sheppard on the crash of Triton into Neptune's moons; and impact of the collision.
ACCESSION #
126236453

 

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