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A new analysis in 2013 of old Hubble Space Telescope images from 2004 has revealed a 12-mile-diameter moon of Neptune, temporarily known as S/2004 N1 (where the S/ means “satellite”).  Its orbital period is 23 hours.

Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., discovered the moon on July 1, while studying the faint ring-arcs of Neptune. It is so small and dim that it is roughly one hundred million times fainter than the faintest star that can be seen with the naked eye.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)

Read the full story at the HubbleSite, Scientific American, or Space.com.

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