Scientists have recently theorised the origin of
Hippocamp- one among Neptune’s moons. Originally designated as S/2004 N 1 and
Neptune XIV, this moon was found in images taken by NASA’s Hubble Space
Telescope in 2004–05 and 2009. It was then confirmed in further images captured
in 2016. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was
launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation.
Hippocamp, smallest moon yet discovered in orbit
around Neptune, is named after a mythical half-horse, half-fish sea creature.
Scientists have theorized that Hippocamp was
formed from the debris created billions of years ago when a comet collided with
Proteus- Neptune’s largest moon. Neptune is the eighth and farthest known
planet from the Sun in the Solar System