Triton and Pluto

  • Bernard Henin
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


Even before Voyager 2 had sent back the first images of Triton in 1989, it was commonly accepted that Neptune’s moon and Pluto were analogs, most likely sharing a similar origin but had somehow parted during the chaos of the early Solar System. The close observations of both objects have confirmed this interpretation. In this chapter, we will review both worlds, which are listed in different categories (one as a moon and the other as a dwarf planet) purely because of their location.

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Henin
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  1. 1.NottinghamUK

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