Triton

By Harry Stritter

Introduction

Triton is the largest moon of Neptune and seventh largest in the solar system. It was discovered by William Lassell on October 10, 1846. It was named after Triton of Greek mythology. He was a messenger of the sea and the son of Poseidon (Roman: Neptune).
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Geology

Triton has an icy surface of nitrogen ice, water ice, and carbon dioxide and methane ice. This surface has smooth plains, craters, huge cracks, and geysers. These geysers shoot nitrogen ice particles 5 miles high into atmosphere. Triton has 2 seasons. The seasons are summer and winter. Triton has a thin atmosphere that becomes thinner at winter and thicker at summer. Triton's average temperature is -391 degrees Fahrenheit. Triton is the coldest object in the solar system ever recorded.

What is it made out of

It is made mainly out of nitrogen gas, liquid nitrogen and nitrogen ice(surface), to some people, they think that it has the 3 main pieces of matter.
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Is there life on Triton

No, because the temperature is so cold that people and life as we know it would die (38 K also converted to -235.1 degrees C).
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Orbit and Rotation

Triton has a retrograde orbit that takes 5.88 Earth days. Retrograde means it orbits the opposite direction than Neptune's orbit. The rotation is synchronous with the orbit. This means that the rotation takes 5.88 Earth days, and the same side of Triton always faces Neptune. Because of Triton's retrograde orbit, scientists believe it got caught by Neptune's gravity while flying past.
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