Triton is both the name of a real moon and fictional planets in two works of science fiction.
Triton is the largest moon of Neptune. Discovered on October 10, 1846, by William Lassell, it is the only large moon in the Solar System with a retrograde orbit (opposite direction to its planet's rotation). Because of its retrograde orbit and composition similar to Pluto's, Triton is thought to have been captured from the Kuiper Belt. See Kuiper Belt Objects.
Triton the Moon in Science FictionEdit
- In the 1994 novel by Jeffrey carver, The Neptune Crossing, a pilot working at a mining operation on Triton is posssessed/infected with an extraterrestrial organism and warns of Earth's destruction.
- In the "Dr. John Zoidberg, "M"D*" episode of Futurama, first broadcats on August 19, 2011, Triton serves as the location for an encounter with the Tritonian Yeti and Tritonian Hypermalaria. See Fictional Diseases.
Triton the fictional planet appears in multiple works of science fiction: