Dance of Evasion: NAPDA, Neptune Najad moon makes crazy zigzag-like maneuvers to escape KOLICIA Neptune Najad's moon uses several fancy choreographic moves to avoid falling into his close partner Thalassa, because the pair are abducted by Talas. shows new NASA research.
Two of the 14 confirmed moons of Neptune, Talasa and Nayad are only 60 miles (100 km) wide. Tic-Tac-shaped tiny objects orbit only 1,150 miles (1,850 km), but never collide.
This is because, unlike our Moon, which simply strives around the Earth, Najad revolves around Neptune in the shape of a zigzag, perfectly timed to avoid crashing into his "partner" Talasa, NASA. Experts called this crazy choreography a "dance of avoidance."
"There are many different types of" dances "that can follow planets, moons and asteroids, but this has never been seen," said Marina Bozovic, a researcher at the space agency's lab.
Brozovic noted that Najad was probably "activated" in his unusual orbit by "interacting" with one of Neptune's other moons, after which he became locked in a constant dance with Talasa.
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