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2006-02-23 Science & Technology
2 more moons for Pluto
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Posted by Fred 2006-02-23 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [377 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 The two new moons seem to be in an almost-resonance with Charon; the speculation being reported is that they were all formed from the debris of the same hypothetical collision that may have formed Charon.
Posted by Phil 2006-02-23 00:04||   2006-02-23 00:04|| Front Page Top

#2 Methinks it means no PLANET X approaching until 2009 or after!?
Posted by JosephMendiola 2006-02-23 02:12||   2006-02-23 02:12|| Front Page Top

#3 With strong emphasis on "speculation" and "Hypothetical".
Posted by twobyfour 2006-02-23 02:12||   2006-02-23 02:12|| Front Page Top

#4 Heh, replied to the first comment, but it applies to the one Joseph slipped in just before mine, as well!
Posted by twobyfour 2006-02-23 02:19||   2006-02-23 02:19|| Front Page Top

#5  an object called 2003 UB313

Bah. I'd rather see something like "Uphong Hulpanger3752." Why not lend them your name generator?
Posted by Jackal">Jackal  2006-02-23 08:34|| http://home.earthlink.net/~sleepyjackal/index.html]">[http://home.earthlink.net/~sleepyjackal/index.html]  2006-02-23 08:34|| Front Page Top

#6 Pluto is such a Mickey Mouse planet, no one would ever go there.
Posted by Marvin the Martian">Marvin the Martian  2006-02-23 09:40||   2006-02-23 09:40|| Front Page Top

#7 I propose "Huey" and "Dewey"
Posted by mojo">mojo  2006-02-23 10:41||   2006-02-23 10:41|| Front Page Top

#8 "Goofy" and "Minnie"
Posted by Mike 2006-02-23 11:39||   2006-02-23 11:39|| Front Page Top

#9 Hillary and Nancy (Pelosi)? Two coldest "moons" that we'd know of in our SS.
Posted by BA 2006-02-23 12:10||   2006-02-23 12:10|| Front Page Top

#10 BTW, in all reality, wouldn't Pluto's "days" be different from earth? In that, I mean, scientifically, their year (time to loop the sun) would be different, so wouldn't its "day" be different (time for the moon to circulate the planet)? Or, because there's now 3 moons, Pluto doesn't have a standard day?
Posted by BA 2006-02-23 12:12||   2006-02-23 12:12|| Front Page Top

#11 PLUTO

O where O where has my little rock gone?
O where O where can it be?
Far away in space,
In a very cold place!
A planet no longer you see...
Posted by Ogeretla 2006 2006-02-23 12:25||   2006-02-23 12:25|| Front Page Top

#12 Ba, a planet's "day" is determined by its rotational speed, not by how often the moons circumnavigate the planet.
Posted by Marvin the Martian">Marvin the Martian  2006-02-23 15:26||   2006-02-23 15:26|| Front Page Top

#13 Two more moons. Good! One for the heathens to be resettled from Gaza, and the other for the heathens exiting Judea and Samaria...
Posted by borgboy 2006-02-23 20:21||   2006-02-23 20:21|| Front Page Top

#14 I remember the Larry Niven story that suggested that any planets discovered past Pluto's orbit be named Caïna, Antenora, Ptolomea, and Judecca, after the rings of the Ninth Circle of Dante's Hell. Somehow, the names astronomers use for the recently discovered Trans-Plutonian bodies seem a lot less interesting.

Really, does anyone like “Sedna” or “Quaoar”? Or, darn it, “Xena”, “Gabrielle”, or knock-off “Buffy”?

And, Ogeretla, are you in the "Pluto isn't a planet" camp?
Posted by Eric Jablow">Eric Jablow  2006-02-23 21:21||   2006-02-23 21:21|| Front Page Top

#15 I say we give them nice Muslim names.
Posted by IAU member since 1951 2006-02-23 22:59||   2006-02-23 22:59|| Front Page Top

#16  I remember the Larry Niven story that suggested that any planets discovered past Pluto's orbit be named Ca├»na, Antenora, Ptolomea, and Judecca, after the rings of the Ninth Circle of Dante's Hell. Somehow, the names astronomers use for the recently discovered Trans-Plutonian bodies seem a lot less interesting.

One has to hand it to Niven as he was willing to re-write Dante with the good doctor

http://www.marypat.org/stuff/mywords/dante.html
Posted by Cheaderhead 2006-02-23 23:41||   2006-02-23 23:41|| Front Page Top

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