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The most likely theory of why Triton has an unusual inclined orbit is because Triton was probably a KBO before it approached towards the solar system and was captured by Neptune. Its retrogate orbit proves that it was not formed from proto-Neptunian system and was captured from elsewhere. Triton's capture around Neptune catastrophically altered the Neptune ...


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Triton is believed to be a captured Kuiper Belt Object that formed completely independently from Neptune. KBOs regularly have significantly tilted orbits, and as such Triton would have entered the orbit around Neptune at an angle as well. Though of course, it has to be mentioned here that the highly tilted orbit of Triton is one of the main reasons why it is ...


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