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Old February 14 2013, 01:47 AM   #61
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Re: Help name the moons of Pluto

The intent was to come up with a scientifically useful definition, but it was semi-political to the extent that the IAU board just threw up its hands and slapped together an awkward compromise definition when no clear consensus emerged.
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Old February 14 2013, 01:51 AM   #62
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how about Endor?
Given how far out it is, maybe Hoth?
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Old February 14 2013, 02:43 AM   #63
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I keep wondering... if there's an ice planet named Hoth, is there a jungle or desert world called Coldh?
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Old February 14 2013, 04:14 AM   #64
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I keep wondering... if there's an ice planet named Hoth, is there a jungle or desert world called Coldh?
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Old February 14 2013, 04:43 AM   #65
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Re: Help name the moons of Pluto

Larry, Moe and Curly.

Besides, we need some good New York Jew moons. Why should Greeks get all the glory?
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Old February 14 2013, 10:03 AM   #66
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Re: Help name the moons of Pluto

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I keep wondering... if there's an ice planet named Hoth, is there a jungle or desert world called Coldh?
With two moons: Cogh and Snizz
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Old February 14 2013, 10:28 AM   #67
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I keep wondering... if there's an ice planet named Hoth, is there a jungle or desert world called Coldh?
lol smart arse.
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Old February 14 2013, 10:43 AM   #68
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It was made to keep the number small, but it was still a scientific decision because classifying things with definitions is the scientific thing to do. The political thing would be to call Pluto a planet and Eris a Dwarf Planet because people are used to Pluto as a planet.
Yeah, that would be political, too. As I said, the scientific thing to do is to create a useful definition and then categorize things without prejudice. Would biologists redefine mammal because we have too many mammals? Would botanists redefine flowering plants because we have too many flowers? Would mathematicians redefine prime numbers because they're getting too big? Definitions are good-- silly definitions are bad. If the purpose of the definition was to "keep the number small," then it's not science.
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Old February 14 2013, 04:12 PM   #69
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Oh, and about the countries...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDtdQ8bTvRc
Yep, knew exactly what the video was before I even clicked on it!
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