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What is Neptune's moon Triton like?

What is Neptune's moon Triton like?
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  • What is Neptune's moon Triton like?
  • Duration: 01:56
  • Triton has a crust of solid nitrogen with nitrogen geysers. Neptune's moon has a retrograde orbit, suggesting that it might have been captured rather than being formed alongside the planet. Voyager 2 sent back pictures that suggest that the surface is frozen nitrogen, broken by nitrogen geysers. This confirms the presence of geologic activity under the crust. Published as part of the Solar System website bbc.co.uk/solarsystem/ Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Phys: Solar System

  • Keywords: Neptune, Triton, nitrogen, geyser, outerspace
Ideas for use in class
  • To describe the appearance, physical nature and composition of planetary ring systems.
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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