These three pictures show three newly discovered moons of Neptune!
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Courtesy of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Three New Moons Found Around Neptune!
News story originally written on January 14, 2003
Astronomers have found three new moons orbiting Neptune. So now we have found a total of 11 moons around Neptune!
The three moons were very difficult to see with telescopes because they are very small. They are also hard to see because they don’t shine very brightly. In fact, your eyes would have to be 100 million times better to see them without a telescope.
The astronomers found the moons by taking pictures with telescopes in Chile and Hawaii. When they combined the pictures together, they could see spots of light. Each spot of light is a moon!
Last modified January 16, 2003 by Lisa Gardiner.
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