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A researcher studying footage from the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon around Neptune, making it the fourteenth satellite known to be orbiting the blue gas giant. Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, discovered the new moon by examining more than 150 archival photos taken by Hubble …

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Alien

Call back Voyager 2

Back into the Solar System Voyager 2, you missed something!

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Coat

That's no moon.

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It isn't a Death Star either, since it's only 19 km in diameter, the Death Star at ~160 km diameter (for the Alderaan-busting one) would eat that small moon for breakfast and not even notice...

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Anonymous Coward

What if there had been no new moon there when Voyager passed by?

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Anonymous Coward

A recent capture would most likely have a wild orbit. But nice idea.

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Alien

Unless it is a powered spacecraft

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Alien

Dammit!

Now I'm going to have to find somewhere else to park my ship.

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Neptunian women?

On Earth we only have one natural satellite to track to know when to hide in the shed to avoid moon-rage. Neptune's men must be permanently in the shed.

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Re: Neptunian women?

"On Earth we only have one natural satellite to track to know when to hide in the shed to avoid moon-rage. Neptune's men must be permanently in the shed."

Delightful.

On a serious point it's 12 miles in diameter so tidal effects are minimal.

I guess they'd complicate writing the tide tables for Neptune but I don't think that's going to a major problem anytime soon.

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We're going to have to invent

some new greek mythology soon.

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I have a very bad feeling about this.

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Black coal

Can I be the first to say...

"Don't disturb unless it is Mr Shadow"

"It is Mr Shadow"

Education icon, just because.

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Joke

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I thought this was about the 14th moon, not the 5th element?

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I am getting a feeling...

This looks like another ex-planet that hasn't cleared its orbit of enough debris? Maybe it is a fat-dwarf planet?

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