Neptune: Windy with the Wildest Moon
Lecture no. 16 from the course: A Field Guide to the Planets
Taught by Professor Sabine Stanley | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Neptune is the coldest, but also the stormiest, planet in the solar system and the only planet that cannot be seen with the naked eye from Earth. Its moon Triton is the only spherical moon in the solar system that’s an irregular satellite that orbits opposite the direction of all the planets. Learn how tidal forces are not only changing that orbit, but also causing geologic activity on its surface—a surface that contains organic compounds.