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Sections needed[edit]

Magnetosphere, and interaction with Neptune's magnetosphere

interior

Serendipodous 22:02, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Link #16: "TRITON, PLUTO, CENTAURS" isn't working for me. -- Kheider (talk) 23:24, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

Fixed Serendipodous 23:26, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

I think these two articles should be included: [1] and [2]. Ruslik (talk) 14:26, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Added. I hope I'm reading them right. Seriously, I think I'm losing my touch with these things. Serendipodous 17:59, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
Why do you think so? Ruslik (talk) 10:17, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Geologically active moons[edit]

In the intro it states: "Triton is one of a number of geologically active moons in the Solar System." Should this be "Triton is one of the FEW moons KNOWN to be geologically active in the Solar System." Or should it simply say "Triton is one of a number of MOONS SUSPECTED TO BE geologically active in the Solar System." I think "FEW moons KNOWN" reads most accurate. The current lead makes it sound like a lot of moons are known to be recently active. -- Kheider (talk) 21:32, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Well it would be stretching the definition of suspected it say that Io is suspected of geological activity, so I would say known. Serendipodous 00:59, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Capture image[edit]

If someone could create a free-to-use duplicate of this image from Nature, I think it would greatly benefit this article. Serendipodous 00:15, 22 January 2008 (UTC)

GA passed[edit]

It is a good article and furfills all the requirements. Here are some suggestions if you are thinking for a future FA:

  • I would add a short explanation after retrograde orbit, especially since it is in the second sentence.done
  • the crust statement in teh intro should be referenced Triton consists of a crust of frozen nitrogen over an icy mantle believed to cover a substantial core of rock (probably containing metal). done
  • the word tenous in the last sentence of the intro is very vague.
Why is it vague?
How tenous? Compare it to something or give the exact pressure.Nergaal (talk) 00:07, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
done
  • retrograde motion as proof of capturing of a Kuiper belt object.latter scenario is the least likely with Triton and it is therefore .. is confusing. why is it least likely? (mass?)
Can't read the source. Need someone with full access to the site (university computer)
done
  • would be useful if image captions would include year and mission that took those pictures.
There has only ever been one mission to Triton; Voyager 2 in 1989. All the pictures on this page are from that mission.
There are no pictures taken from Hubble or anything else? Seems strange since it is one of the biggest moons. Nergaal (talk) 00:15, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
Well, there's this. Not sure if it adds much though. Serendipodous 00:45, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Triton in popular culture section? (or maybe it is not the case)
Popular culture sections are being annihilated across Wikipedia. No point in introducing another one.
  • The article might be underlinked. I added a few links myself.
  • There is a lot of technical information about the presence of water, but there is no statement about the significance of this presence. Anybody thought as using it for a base, or something like it?
Well, in general, the presence of liquid water suggests the possibility, however remote, of life. Serendipodous 00:42, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

EDIT: Life ref added. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Serendipodous (talkcontribs) 01:27, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

  • As an overall impression: the article is very technical, which is very good. But the article might not be engaging enough for an FA. For GA is more than enough.

Hope it helped. Nergaal (talk) 23:47, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Odd wording[edit]

This theory has several notable advantages,... - weird. Wouldn't word it that way but I am stumped to think of an alternative. I know what you mean though. cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 13:19, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

replaced with this hypothesis is supported by several lines of evidence. Serendipodous 18:12, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Calculated from other parameters[edit]

To improve the article, all the "Calculated from other parameters" cites could be updated to notes which give the exact calculation so that they could be confirmed by anyone else. For example, see Andromeda Galaxy Notes. WilliamKF (talk) 19:18, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

done. I think. Serendipodous 20:16, 12 February 2008 (UTC)
Great, how about this one too? It is also more massive than all the Solar System's 159 known smaller moons combined. WilliamKF (talk) 02:39, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Done. Serendipodous 08:24, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
I think the "more massive than 159 smaller moons" is a strange and pointless statistic. If it was more massive than ALL other moons combined then you'd have something worth mentioning, but otherwise this is just begging to be misread. 7th most massive is plenty. So says this random guy! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.245.118.74 (talk) 02:35, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Translated Portuguese FA article[edit]

Here is a Google link to the Portuguese FA translated:

Triton from Portuguese

Maybe we can benefit from this version of the article to improve this one? WilliamKF (talk) 02:44, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

This article already had much translated material from the Portuguese article in it. I spent over a week cleaning it up. None of the material was sourced, and some was apparently unsourceable. I've tried to contact the person who I believe wrote most of the Portuguese article to determine his sources, but he hasn't responded. Serendipodous 07:24, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Cause of volcanos appear contradictory[edit]

First the article states:

This volcanic activity is thought to be driven by seasonal heating from the Sun, unlike the tidal heating responsible for the volcanoes of Io.[27]

But later it seems to contradict:

This volcanic activity could be related to tidal heating from when Triton was captured by Neptune, similar to the way in which volcanoes on Io are powered today.[35]

This needs to be looked into and the apparent contradiction resolved.

WilliamKF (talk) 03:53, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Whoever wrote it -may have been me, I don't remember :0) - misread the source. I located the original source quoted in the ref and it didn't mention tidal heating. Serendipodous 07:58, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Cite pages[edit]

I just noticed that recent changes did things like this:

165-166 to instead be 165–66 (also changes a - to be –)

Just want to make sure this is intentional and if so what is the rule, why not instead 165–6?

WilliamKF (talk) 04:12, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Moving pronunciation to talk page[edit]

(/ˈtrtən/ trye'-tən, or as Greek Τρίτων),[citation needed]

Note: dictionary.reference.com gives /ˈtraɪtɒn/ for the IPA pronunciation, which (superficially at least) appears different from this (to a non-IPA-expert like me). It'd be good to have a reference citation.—RJH (talk) 19:15, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
That pronunciation refers to a subatomic particle related to Tritium. All subatomic particles are pronounced with the "-on" strongly enunciated (viz. "Proton" "neutron"). The mythological pronunciation, which is the one we're after, is below the advertising, and uses " /ˈtraɪtn/", with the second syllable clipped. However, dictionary.com uses a different IPA than standard, which employs a distinct letter, ə, to represent the schwa, rather than omitting a letter, as dictionary.com does. Serendipodous 19:56, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
If you check dictionary.com, you'll get both. It's common for unstressed English vowels to be reduced, and in this case I've never heard it not reduced. kwami (talk) 20:13, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Fine. Then I'll use dictionary.com as a source, but keep the schwa. Serendipodous 20:49, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
Sigh. How does this help? If it doesn't match then the reference is just specious, and somebody is liable to come along, catch the difference and then correct it.—RJH (talk) 21:08, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
OK fine. Schwa dropped. Though now it just looks weird. Serendipodous 21:34, 19 February 2008 (UTC)
And now it disagrees with the help key that it is linked to. kwami (talk) 01:50, 20 February 2008 (UTC)

Sorry I missed the FAC[edit]

Just noticed today. I still think this needs a ce (eek!).

That the orbital properties were nearly completely known in the 19th century doesn't really jibe with discovering a retrograde orbit in 1930. Marskell (talk) 13:38, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

I think what was determined in 1930 wasn't the orbit of Triton, which was already known, but the direction of rotation of Neptune. I haven't been able to locate a source that goes into this in any detail though. Serendipodous 19:51, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
Fair enough, although it jangles.
That Voyager only imaged 40% of the surface definitely needs to be moved up; indeed, I think it could be mentioned in the lead. You wouldn't have to do it at every mention, but "surface imaged so far" or similar could be subsituted for "surface" in handful of places to remind the reader. Marskell (talk) 20:31, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
Don't think it needs to be in the lead, but it should be mentioned in the first para of "Surface features". Serendipodous 08:10, 28 February 2008 (UTC)

Cryovolcanism and Geysers[edit]

I am currently working on Geyser and i would like to know whether inclusion on the so - called geysers on Triton should be included in the Geyser article. There is already one section on it. I wanted to know whether it is appropriate or not. Reply awaited. Thank you. Indianescence (talk) 05:45, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Since we don't know the mechanism, we can't say how similar they are to geysers on Earth. But then we call Titan a moon, even though it isn't the Moon, and doesn't even resemble it. These names are just a matter of convention. I'm not sure they'd be cryovolcanos either, so then where do we put them? kwami (talk) 07:57, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
I would say that if they weren't geysers, then they would be cryovolcanoes. Serendipodous 08:21, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
So ultimately what is the discussion. These cryovolcanoes are geysers or not? I think they will suit the article Cryovolcano than geyser. Any opinions? Indianescence (talk) 08:41, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

IN GEOLOGICAL TERMINOLOGY-
GEYSER is defined as a hot spring characterized by intermittent discharge of water ejected turbulently and accomplished by a vapor phase.
since the geyser LIKE structures on triton erupts nitrogen and not water it no longer remains a geyser technically. geyser is completely based upon the concept of hydraulic circulation due to geothermal energy. i would like to suggest that the term geyser should be replaced by geyser like structures in this very article and the section on geysers on triton on geyser page needs to be discussed. thanks, Sushant gupta (talk) 14:24, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

That's a terrestrial definition with no consideration given to anything elso. The question is how similar two phenomena have to be to be included under one label. If you have the same mechanism involving a different fluid, would that not also be a geyser? kwami (talk) 18:05, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
I'd say, if we are dealing with an eruption of cryomagma, (ie if the material ejected from the crust is identical with the fluid within the mantle), then it is a cryovolcano. If the fluid is simply a pool of liquid within the crust that is heated by magma below and then erupts, it is a geyser. Triton is mostly water and rock, so its cryomantle is probably made of water. Nitrogen is far more volatile than water and so needs to be a lot colder to stay liquid. Given that, I'd say they are geysers. Serendipodous 18:35, 6 April 2008 (UTC)

Follow this link please they have termed those mounds as nitrogen geysers. if you guys want the section on geysers on triton then please use this as your source. and please term it as nitrogen geyser and not just geyser. the concept of the plumbing system and the intense heat source of the geysers have been considered in the article though water itself plays a vital component. anyway i think i have made my justification. Sushant gupta (talk) 05:18, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

I am sorry to say, but among these technical talk, i failed to locate the final decision. Lets have a voting here. Geysers on Triton should be included in the article or not? Indianescence (talk) 05:45, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
Cryovolcanism would be the most general term that doesn't necessarily imply any mechanism for creation, unlike geyser. Another possibility would be Plumes on Triton, which is again general. Volcanopele (talk) 06:39, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
i would say, have Nitrogen geysers on triton as the subsection in place of geysers of triton. geysers on triton follow the general mechanism of geyser but don't have water as its component. Sushant gupta (talk) 09:47, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
Cryovulcanism, though perhaps general, has connotations of water lava. I prefer geyser, and of course nitrogen geyser at least the first time to disambiguate, though not necessarily in the section header. kwami (talk) 09:52, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
Nitrogen geysers, I guess, maybe, but again that implies processes that aren't known at this point (same argument goes for why the word geyser shouldn't be used to for the Enceladus plume(s)). Cryovolcanism doesn't imply water lava, it can involve both explosive (which is the case here), intrusive, or effusive (cryolava if you will) processes and can involve water, nitrogen, methane, etc. The problem I point out is that new studies by Schenk et al., which suggest that Triton's surface is very young (< 5 million years old) indicating that the plumes might be related to internal volcanic processes. So I would call the section Cryovolcanism and refer to the features as Plumes. Volcanopele (talk) 17:30, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
For the record, I didn't claim that cryovolcanism could only involve water. I suggested that it most likely involved water on Triton, since Triton's interior is mostly water/rock. Since nitrogen is far more volatile than water, it seemed more likely to me that nitrogen plumes would be geysers, rather than volcanoes in the classical sense, otherwise Triton's cryomantle would be composed of liquid nitrogen. Serendipodous 22:15, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

atm. pressure[edit]

the info box states that the atm. P ranges up to 9kP. I assume what was meant was that the last digit of the pressure is estimated between 4 and 9, but don't want to change it w/o knowing. kwami (talk) 02:22, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

It states that the pressure is between 0.0014 and 0.0019 kPa or 14–19 μBar. Ruslik (talk) 05:47, 19 September 2008 (UTC)
Okay, will fix. kwami (talk) 08:22, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Physical Characteristics[edit]

The article states: "Triton is the seventh largest moon in the Solar System and is larger than the dwarf planets Pluto and Eris. It is also more massive than all the Solar System's 159 known smaller moons combined." I find the second sentence to be ambiguous. Which moons are on that list of 159, and which moons are excluded? Is the sentence supposed to say " ...than all the Solar System's 159 known moons smaller than Triton combined."? If so, that is a surprising statistic. You can read the original sentence that way, but you can also read it to mean that there is a list somewhere of 159 "smaller moons" in the solar system, smaller than a certain limit, e.g., smaller than Mimas. Also, does the sentence refer only to moons orbiting planets, or does it include asteroid moons and TNO moons? Can someone (who knows the answer) please clear that up. Rodney420 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:40, 2 November 2009 (UTC).

It means all moons smaller than Triton. As for asteroid moons, there are only a few dozen known, and if you mushed them together they wouldn't make more than a speck. Serendipodous 21:52, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for answering, and the edit... It does clear things up a lot, especially about the mass, but I'm going to get a little bit nitpicky on the number 159, so please bear with me. Certainly that sentence is worth keeping in the article: It's interesting, and amazing to me, that Triton is more massive than all moons smaller than itself, considering the smaller moons include fairly large ones like Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, Titania, Oberon, etc., etc. And I agree that asteroid moons are neglible in mass. However the number 159 still seems unclear. You're saying the 159 does not include asteroid moons I take it. Does it include Charon? What about Dysnomia, Hi'aka, S/2005(90482)1, and other TNO moons? I'm assuming that even if no, the additional mass of those moons does not invalidate the statement overall, but maybe the number 159 itself could be better qualified ( e.g. "moons of the 8 major planets", or "moons of the major and dwarf planets" ) or just dropped altogether? After all, new tiny moons are discovered with regularity these days, and 159 is bound to change soon anyway. Rodney420 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 15:49, 4 November 2009 (UTC).
Yes, it includes Charon. I can't remember if I factored Dysnomia, Hi'iaka and Namaka into my calculations when I did the initial count, but those moons are so tiny it hardly matters anyway. EDIT: I removed the number. It's likely to date, even if that fact is not. Serendipodous 16:00, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
I believe that calculation was based off of the JPL's Planetary Satellite Physical Parameters list of moons that includes the "9 planets". This would include 1 Earth, 2 Mars, 61 (38+23) Jup, 49 (31+18) Sat, 24 Uran, 13 Nept, and 3 Pluto. There are other small moons but they are negligible when compared to Triton. There are also about 180 asteroids known to have moons. -- Kheider (talk) 18:31, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Solid-state convection[edit]

This sentence makes no sense:

There is enough rock in Triton's interior for solid-state convection to be occurring within its mantle, powered by radioactive decay.

There is no such thing as solid state convection. The convection, if it occurs, occurs in the fluid mantle. The heat powering the convection comes from the rocky core. I reworded the sentence as follows:

There is enough rock in Triton's interior for radioactive decay to power convection in the mantle.

--Fartherred (talk) 19:27, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Fair enough, but you're wrong about solid state convection Serendipodous 13:32, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Atmospheric pressure[edit]

I do not find 1/70,000th of Earth's atmosphere at sea level in the reference given. The average of the range of atmospheric pressure given in Pascals is 1.65, or about 1/61,000th of Earth's atmosphere at sea level. 1.4 Pa corresponds to 1/72,000th Atm. and 1.9 Pa corresponds to 1/53,000th Atm. The reference for 1/70,000th Atm. may be out of date and could be dropped, along with the fractional representation in two places. --Fartherred (talk) 20:16, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Reference added for binary Kuiper Belt Objects[edit]

It does not seem to me that the reference I added on the 17th of September supports exactly what is stated in the text, but I am not expert enough to know if it is an adequate reference. It is not dead like the one that H3llBot marked. --Fartherred (talk) 23:47, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Absolute Magnitude[edit]

This page lists the absolute magnitude of Triton in H to be -1.2 -- this is clearly wrong, as it is brighter than the Sun's absolute magnitude. Using the apparent magnitude given (which I assume to be bolometric), I estimate M ~ 38. 129.49.95.14 (talk) 17:41, 21 February 2011 (UTC)MZ

looking closer, H is not H band, but a different definition of absolute magnitude. Confusing at first. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.49.95.14 (talk) 17:44, 21 February 2011 (UTC)
Solar system bodies (H) are not measured the same way as stars (M). Absolute magnitude (H) is also very different from apparent magnitude (m). -- Kheider (talk) 18:22, 21 February 2011 (UTC)

Inconsistency between this article and Atmosphere of Triton[edit]

This article states "Unlike other atmospheres, Triton's has no stratosphere..."; the article Atmosphere of Triton says "There is a pronounced stratosphere...". I don't have the sources to know which statement is correct. M bodenhamer (talk) 05:01, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

"Triton is the second largest moon of the planet Neptune..."[edit]

The first sentence seems to be factually incorrect. Triton is Neptune's largest moon, isn't it?

"Triton is the second largest moon of the planet Neptune..." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 122.57.37.18 (talk) 23:53, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

Too much comes from one source[edit]

should have a variety of sources, not just the opinion of one source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Manny may (talkcontribs) 22:09, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

liquids and thus possibility of life?[edit]

Cosmic Biology: How Life Could Evolve on Other Worlds, Louis Neal Irwin, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, New York, Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London: Springer-Praxis Books, 2011, page 266.

http://books.google.com/books?id=b7XhonTq2s8C&pg=PA266&dq=Triton+ammonia&hl=en&ei=snVWT4XhCMnHsQLWp_XtCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=book-thumbnail&resnum=5&ved=0CFEQ6wEwBA#v=onepage&q=Triton%20ammonia&f=false

“ . . tiny water-ammonia-saline ice inclusions within the bulk of water ice that makes up much of the mantle. . ”

“ . . thin films of liquid N2 between overlying frozen N2 and an underlying solid substrate like frozen H2O, or liquid N2 inclusions embedded in frozen N2. The seasonally driven geysers that appear to result from solar heating of underlying volatiles show that liquefaction of frozen N2 happens. Tnin layers of liquid N2, or liquid N2 inclusions, could thus exist.

“ . . The third habitat would be the major one for life beneath the surface of Triton. This would be whatever is left of the global ocean that likely enshrouded the satellite for some time after its capture by Neptune. Circumstantial evidence that liquid water still exists underground on Triton includes the compelling case for cryovolcanism which is probably still occurring, and the cantaloupe terrain, wich is easiest to explain by the dynamic action of subsurface liquid reservoirs. To be sure, the cantaloupe terrain is like no other seen in the Solar System, so whatever gives rise to it might be quite an exotic cocktail of subsurface liquids. But given the amount of Triton’s bulk composition estimated to be water, it must be a water-based cocktail to a substantial degree. . ”

Currently, the last sentence of our Physical characteristics section reads "If present, a layer of liquid water would suggest the possibility, however unlikely, of life.[29]" I'm not sure we know enough about exobiology to make even that qualifying statement of "however unlikely." Using the one example of Earth, the tentative conclusion seems to be that single-cell life is easy and multi-cell life is hard. FriendlyRiverOtter (talk) 21:18, 6 March 2012 (UTC)

I hate it when this happens[edit]

a fly-by-night editor posts some potentially useful info with a malformed source, and I'm not even sure if the source itself is valid, but of course I can't ask him because he never comes back.

"In fact, because other large moons in the solar system orbit more or less in their planets' equatorial planes, astronomers thought for many decades that the same was the case for Neptune, and that its axial tilt was similarly oblique and upside-down, especially given that Uranus really does have a similar strange tilt.<ref>Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1929 edition</ref>"

Of course this citation needs a publisher and (more importantly) a page and volume number, but is citing another encyclopedia valid anyway? I have no idea. It would also need to clarify whether the encyclopedia is actually saying that particular fact, or if it is saying that Neptune orbits upside down and the editor is therefore inferring that particular fact from that. Serendipodous 05:49, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Tidal heating during eccentric phase[edit]

It says "Triton's eccentric post-capture orbit would have also resulted in tidal heating of its interior, which would have kept Triton liquid for a billion years". But wouldn't Triton still have had a solid surface the entire time? And what about the possibility of there still existing liquid water below Triton's surface? --JorisvS (talk) 17:04, 17 February 2014 (UTC)