Neptune is one of the mysterious planets in our solar system. It’s also one of the most neglected planets if we compare it to other planets. But now, the scientists are taking a closer look at this planet and the flyby data from Voyager 2 mission. As scientist dug deep and observed the planet closely, they found that the planet has one more unique moon orbiting the planet. With the help of Hubble Space Telescope and advanced Image processing, scientists have found another moon which formed after an asteroid impact on the planet.
The first moon was spotted orbiting the planet in 1846, shortly after the discovery of Neptune. From that time, Neptune’s moon discovery mission is ongoing, and that’s how scientists found the latest moon. The recently discovered moon is named as Hippocamp. The image captured by Hubble Space Telescope is not much cleared due to the distance and the interference. Voyager 2 shared the details about small inner moons of the planet when it flew by the planet in 1989. Based on that data, scientists were looking for substantially more significant orbiting objects.
Hippocamp, the new moon is named after a sea creature from Greek mythology. It is one of the smallest inner moons of the planet with 34 kilometers width. The moon orbits very near the Proteus, the biggest inner moons of the Neptune. Scientists at SETI suggested that the formation of the Hippocamp maybe caused by an asteroid impact on Proteus. There is a significant impact crater on Proteus of the same size of Hippocamp, and that might be the answer to how Hippocamp was formed. The scientists are busy finding the formation process of Hippocamp, and that brings the total count of moons of Neptune to 14.