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The weird and wild moons of the solar system

As the moons of the solar system were discovered, astronomers became desperate to learn more about these strange natural satellites.

The Moon transiting in front of Earth on July 16, 2015, seen from DSCOVR.

The Moon transiting in front of Earth on July 16, 2015, seen from DSCOVR. Credit: NASA

Phobos and Deimos

Someday, Mars’ moon Phobos will slip past a certain point in its degrading orbit and get ripped apart by tidal forces, forming a ring. This illustration depicts Phobos midway through that process, overlooking the Red Planet. Astronomy: Ron Miller

Enceladus appears covered in craters and cracks in this enhanced-color mosaic.

Enceladus appears covered in craters and cracks in this enhanced-color mosaic. This stunning world of ice and geysers orbits Saturn in 32.9 Earth hours. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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Uranus’ largest moon, Titania

Uranus’ largest moon, Titania, is seen in this composite created from images captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft as it made its closest approach to Uranus in January 1986. Credit: NASA/JPL

A computer-generated montage shows Neptune as it would appear from a spacecraft approaching Triton

This computer-generated montage shows Neptune as it would appear from a spacecraft approaching Triton, the planet’s largest moon. Credit: NASA/JPL/USGS

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