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    First Exomoon Found! A Neptune-Sized Moon Orbiting a Jupiter-Sized Planet

    A pair of astronomers combing through data from the Kepler spacecraft have discovered the first exomoon. The moon is in the Kepler 1625 system about 8,000 light years away, in the constellation Cygnus. It orbits the gas giant Kepler 1625b, and, unlike all the moons in our Solar System, this one is a “gas moon.” …
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    This sheer size of this moon blows my mind.
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    That's no moon....

    Hey, somebody was going to!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Hey, somebody was going to!
    Now how could you think such a terrible thought!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    That's no moon....
    Taking this somewhat more seriously than you intended: I wonder if this will spark another of those lovely debates about what is or should be the definition of "moon".

    “If confirmed, this finding could completely shake up our understanding of how moons are formed and what they can be made of.”
    So cheese isn't out yet after all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    Taking this somewhat more seriously than you intended: I wonder if this will spark another of those lovely debates about what is or should be the definition of "moon".
    It will. Also might redefine planet if confirmed.
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