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25-02-2013, 12:33 AM
Help name Pluto's moons! About 10hrs left!
Here is the ballot:

http://www.plutorocks.com/


What did you choose?
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25-02-2013, 12:45 AM
RE: Help name Pluto's moons! About 10hrs left!
why does Pluto still have moons...?


I chose Cerberus and Vulcan.

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25-02-2013, 12:51 AM
RE: Help name Pluto's moons! About 10hrs left!
They were not still, they were recently discovered.

They should have put ex-planet1 and ex-planet2 as choices Tongue
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25-02-2013, 12:53 AM
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Cerberus and his brother Orthrus, two demon watchdogs to guard the god of the underworld, Pluto. Seemed appropriate.

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25-02-2013, 01:06 AM
RE: Help name Pluto's moons! About 10hrs left!
Cerberus and Vulcan are in the lead right now.

I voted Vulcan and Hypnos.
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25-02-2013, 01:16 AM
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I voted Hypnos and Tantalus.

Apparently neither are likely of being chosen. Oh well.

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25-02-2013, 01:21 AM
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What? No Spaghetti or Unicorn? Sad
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25-02-2013, 01:28 AM
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(25-02-2013 12:51 AM)LadyJane Wrote:  They were not still, they were recently discovered.

They should have put ex-planet1 and ex-planet2 as choices Tongue


"Still" meaning "Why is Pluto still given moons if it isn't a Planet?"
Why not sister planetoids, or Fellow Kuiper Rocks?

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25-02-2013, 01:45 AM
RE: Help name Pluto's moons! About 10hrs left!
Pluto is a binary system. It and it's largest moon Charon orbit around a central point between the two objects.
These two new rocks (only estimated to be like 60km's across if I remember correctly) then orbit around Pluto and Charon.
It's fascinating stuff.
I didn't know they haven't named them yet.

And to clear things up, a dwarf planet is an object that doesn't yet dominate it's orbit.
Because Pluto orbits inside the Kuiper belt and there are other asteroids and such on the same orbit as Pluto, it isn't classified as a planet (defined as an object that orbits a star that dominates it's orbit) but rather a dwarf planet.

In a few thousand/ten's of thousands/hundreds of thousands/millions of years these objects in plutos orbit will collide with pluto or get traped in it's orbit and eventually Pluto will once again be considered a planet.

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25-02-2013, 02:07 AM
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(25-02-2013 01:45 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  Pluto is a binary system. It and it's largest moon Charon orbit around a central point between the two objects.
These two new rocks (only estimated to be like 60km's across if I remember correctly) then orbit around Pluto and Charon.
It's fascinating stuff.
I didn't know they haven't named them yet.

And to clear things up, a dwarf planet is an object that doesn't yet dominate it's orbit.
Because Pluto orbits inside the Kuiper belt and there are other asteroids and such on the same orbit as Pluto, it isn't classified as a planet (defined as an object that orbits a star that dominates it's orbit) but rather a dwarf planet.

In a few thousand/ten's of thousands/hundreds of thousands/millions of years these objects in plutos orbit will collide with pluto or get traped in it's orbit and eventually Pluto will once again be considered a planet.


Until it becomes a proper planet again, I still see no point in calling these new rocks moons...

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