Just a quicky, folks.
NASA released a bit of news today that got me really excited. Apparently a new moon has been discovered orbiting the planet Neptune. The tiny, 12-mile-wide object may not seem impressive, but it astounds me that as much as we continue to learn about the universe, there’s still so much mystery in our own back yard. Maybe it’s the romantic in me, or maybe it’s just that I don’t know much of anything about the scope (or lack thereof) of such a discovery, but I’m all giddy from learning that the sea-lord in the sky has another humble yet loyal subject.
Here’s the press release from just a few minute ago to give you all the details. The best part about this discovery isn’t that we still have a lot to learn about our own neighborhood (though that’s pretty great, even if it is common knowledge), but that this “new” moon has already been photographed many, many times, populating over 100 images taken by Hubble between 2004 and 2009. Little booger was hiding in plain sight!
Image from HubbleSite.