Artist's Concept of Neptune's Moon Hippocamp

Artist's Concept of Neptune's Moon Hippocamp

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This is an artist's concept of the tiny moon Hippocamp that was discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2013. Only 20 miles across, it may actually be a broken-off fragment from a much larger neighboring moon, Proteus, seen as a crescent in the background. This is the first evidence for a moon being an offshoot from a comet collision with a much larger parent body.


Tags
Artwork, Moons, Neptune, Small Solar System Bodies

Credits

NASA, ESA, and J. Olmsted (STScI)