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Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:43:30 PM »
It's a tiny thing, between 8 and 15 miles in diameter.  Pretty much nothing else is known about it right now.  More information may be forthcoming when New Horizons begins studying the Pluto system.
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 02:01:34 PM »
It's a tiny thing, between 8 and 15 miles in diameter.  Pretty much nothing else is known about it right now.  More information may be forthcoming when New Horizons begins studying the Pluto system.
But moons are around a planet, and Pluto isn't a planet. Or am I wrong?
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 02:07:45 PM »
But moons are around a planet, and Pluto isn't a planet. Or am I wrong?

No, the definition of "moon" does not require that it be in orbit around a planet.  In fact, there are actually several asteroids that have moons.
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 03:10:10 PM »
We need to get a McDonald's and Starbucks there asap. Also, missionaries...they need to know who made that moon.
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 03:12:41 PM »
We need to get a McDonald's and Starbucks there asap. Also, missionaries...they need to know who made that moon.

Hey Pal, Earth First...we can mine the other planets later.
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2012, 03:48:29 AM »
Pianodwarf - you have a dream job. 

Want some inside information from where I work?  We're out of fluorescent light tubes.

Maybe because it's so far away, maybe because it's so recently discovered, I can't really put a finger on why, but Pluto's always been my second favorite place in this solar system.  Thanks for the info.
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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 05:49:52 AM »
Link to report: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/9394061/Nasa-scientists-discover-fifth-moon-orbiting-Pluto.html

Practical difficulties aside, I feel a little deprived that Earth has only one significant moon; the Other moons of EarthWiki are all a bit pathetic.

Something like this would be good:

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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2012, 07:12:21 AM »
Pianodwarf - you have a dream job.

Had.  I got laid off from NASA in February.  :(  I got a new job about a month later, with the National Geodetic Survey.  It's better for me in most ways -- better work environment, more money, much shorter commute (only a little over a mile from my house).  But NASA was, well, you know... NASA.  I definitely miss being able to say I was a part of it.

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Maybe because it's so far away, maybe because it's so recently discovered, I can't really put a finger on why, but Pluto's always been my second favorite place in this solar system.

It's never been a "biggie" for me, but even so, I'm definitely very anxious for that probe to arrive.

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Thanks for the info.

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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 10:14:11 AM »


That's a lovely picture, but if it's supposed to be viewed from Pluto's moon the sun is WAY, WAY too big.

ETA: Never mind. It's clearly not supposed to be Pluto.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2012, 10:16:26 AM by boobatuba »

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Re: Fifth Moon of Pluto Discovered
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2012, 03:36:38 PM »
It's a tiny thing, between 8 and 15 miles in diameter.  Pretty much nothing else is known about it right now.  More information may be forthcoming when New Horizons begins studying the Pluto system.

That sounds like a nice-sized Personal Moon, like a personal watermelon or a personal pan pizza. As a former NASA dude, can you get me a personal moon? :angel:[1]
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