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New moon of Neptune discovered
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:56:05 PM »
Found pretty much by accident as an astronomer was perusing some old photographs taken by the Hubble.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/astronomer-discovers-neptunes-smallest-moon-whim-6C10640770
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 01:00:49 PM »
It's a teapot!
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 02:07:43 PM »
Neptune is 2.8 Billion miles away, thirty times further than the sun. The moon is 8.7 miles across.

If I've got the decimal point right, this is the equivalent of seeing something that is 0.002mm (3/8000") long at a distance of 10km (8miles)
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 02:23:19 PM »
From the article, this dude is a bit of a moon hound - it's not the first one he has found. 

I find it fascinating how much "stuff" is floating around out there in our known universe that can surprise us, not to mention Voyager headed out into interstellar space any time now (all you scientific-types feel free to assail me on my lack of knowledge - I was a believer for years, so my growth was stunted  :laugh:)

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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 03:40:39 PM »
It's a teapot!
Heretic !!!  It is a jug of milk.
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013, 03:54:17 PM »
a distance of 10km (8miles)

Not that its overly important, but 10 km is about 6.4 miles.
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2013, 03:56:35 PM »
Seems a little small to be considered a moon.  8.7 miles in diameter is substantially smaller in terms of surface area than the state of Rhode Island (238 square miles vs 1212).  So now we have a new standard for "tiny", I guess.

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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2013, 04:31:05 PM »
^^^^well, it is pretty cold... maybe a little shrinkage going on? 
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2013, 10:04:24 PM »
Seems a little small to be considered a moon.  8.7 miles in diameter is substantially smaller in terms of surface area than the state of Rhode Island (238 square miles vs 1212).  So now we have a new standard for "tiny", I guess.

Well, it seems to fit the currently-accepted definition of "natural satellite":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_satellite

As our instruments and probes get better and better, we find out more about the planets, moons and asteroids. Our astronomical nomenclature will have to keep pace; maybe poor Pluto will be booted from dwarf planet to another category  :'(
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2013, 10:09:37 AM »
Well, it seems to fit the currently-accepted definition of "natural satellite":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_satellite

As our instruments and probes get better and better, we find out more about the planets, moons and asteroids. Our astronomical nomenclature will have to keep pace; maybe poor Pluto will be booted from dwarf planet to another category  :'(
No argument about it being a natural satellite, but I think we're going to have to come up with some additional nomenclature.  Referring to something that's (frankly) tiny compared to most asteroids as a moon is a bit annoying.

We have dwarf planets (like Ceres, never mind Pluto)...why not something like dwarf moons?

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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2013, 10:26:51 AM »
We have dwarf planets (like Ceres, never mind Pluto)...why not something like dwarf moons?

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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2013, 12:48:35 PM »
No argument about it being a natural satellite, but I think we're going to have to come up with some additional nomenclature.  Referring to something that's (frankly) tiny compared to most asteroids as a moon is a bit annoying.

We have dwarf planets (like Ceres, never mind Pluto)...why not something like dwarf moons?

I quite agree. And maybe professional astronomers are tearing out their hair as the mass media uses the generic "moon" for any rock orbiting a major body, while waiting for their nomenclature to become official and accepted by popular culture.
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2013, 12:52:25 PM »
let's see... neptune, god of the sea... something really small floating around it...
how about calling it a raft?
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2013, 01:01:28 PM »
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2013, 01:42:30 PM »
That's no moon - it's a space station!
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2013, 01:51:58 PM »
Can someone alert magicmiles to this thread?  I'm waiting on a good Uranus line...
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2013, 02:33:54 PM »
^^^ Butt it's been a long time since someone found Uranus.

Hey, you need to wait for the right opening.   :D


Everyone is down on Pluto being named a dwarf planet. Yet I think is makes the solar system more interesting since we have Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris as recognized dwarf planets. With Orcus, Quaoar, Sedna, and 2007 OR10 being the next four likely to be recognized. Hopefully with a name for the last one.

Size comparison of some of the dwarf planets (recognized & some not yet official)[1]
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2013, 07:45:08 PM »
How difficult can finding a new moon really be?  After all, Don Ameche and Betty Grable found one over Miami way back in 1941.
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2013, 07:48:04 PM »
...I'm waiting on a good Uranus line...

Oh, oh, oh... What's worse than Romulans around Neptune?  Klingons around Uranus!
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2013, 07:52:16 PM »
Can someone alert magicmiles to this thread?  I'm waiting on a good Uranus line...

What are you insinuating?

Or would you call it more of an in-your-end-o?
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Re: New moon of Neptune discovered
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2013, 08:02:25 PM »
Can someone alert magicmiles to this thread?  I'm waiting on a good Uranus line...

Or would you call it more of an in-your-end-o?

Someone who has too much time on their hands did all the Uranus joke work for us.  Hard to believe a world without the Internet...

http://www.nottriangles.com/blog/uranus.html
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