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irregular moon

(irregular satellite)
(moon with an atypical orbit, such as retrograde)

The term irregular moon (or irregular satellite, referring specifically to natural satellites) is generally used to refer to a moon with an atypical orbit, such as Triton with its retrograde orbit, but also referring to other atypical characteristics such as a substantial inclination, e.g., from the ecliptic. For a particular study, a clear definition is undoubtedly stated and observed. Most of the many moons of the outer planets are considered irregular.

It is thought that they are generally captured minor planets.

A regular moon (or regular satellite) is essentially one that is not irregular.

(moons,solar system)
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