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Old July 15 2013, 11:12 PM   #1
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Neptune - New Moon Discovered

Read about it here: http://news.yahoo.com/astronomer-fin...211329016.html

IAU is gonna have to gear-up for another round of "Name The Moon".
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Old July 15 2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

Thanks for the link. How small can an object be and still be considered a "moon.?"

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Old July 15 2013, 11:50 PM   #3
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I don't think size is a consideration for defining "moon", just its orbit.
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Old July 16 2013, 03:15 AM   #4
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I don't think size is a consideration for defining "moon", just its orbit.
In other words, is it big enough to go to the trouble of naming it, and how many of them are there? (Imagine trying to name every fleck of dust in orbit around Saturn.)
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Old July 16 2013, 03:46 PM   #5
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That's no moon...
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Old July 17 2013, 12:51 AM   #6
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

Since Pluto's demotion, I've believed there should be some limitations on what could be considered a moon.

Otherwise, like Metryq said, every rock bigger than a baseball in Saturn's rings could be called a moon.
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Old July 17 2013, 06:53 AM   #7
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Since Pluto's demotion, I've believed there should be some limitations on what could be considered a moon.

Otherwise, like Metryq said, every rock bigger than a baseball in Saturn's rings could be called a moon.
"Every rock bigger than a baseball in Saturn's rings" wouldn't show up as a distinct object in a telescope, though, and therefore wouldn't be identified and named and wouldn't be considered a moon.

It's sorta like the definition of "Island." The cutoff seems to be mostly arbitrary, but a good rule of thumb is that if it's too small to be labeled on a map, it's probably not really an island.

Significantly, Jupiter has something like 60 moons, but astronomers -- and anyone else, for that matter -- only really care about the four major ones, the rest are just puny little asteroids zipping about in random orbits.
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Old July 18 2013, 02:51 AM   #8
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"Every rock bigger than a baseball in Saturn's rings" wouldn't show up as a distinct object in a telescope, though, and therefore wouldn't be identified and named and wouldn't be considered a moon.
Until we get bigger telescopes or get closer to Saturn
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Old July 18 2013, 11:02 AM   #9
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Until we get bigger telescopes or get closer to Saturn
Or someone starts "selling" naming rights to gullible people over the Web for each grain of dust in the rings -- claiming they have a way to track and database all of it. (I vaguely recall something of this sort -- selling naming rights of craters or very low magnitude stars to the public for a fee.)
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Old July 18 2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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IIRC, the general trend (or is it international reg?) is for moons of Neptune to be named after sea gods, etc. Any suggestions out there?

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Old July 18 2013, 10:59 PM   #11
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Pavonis wrote: View Post
I don't think size is a consideration for defining "moon", just its orbit.
I doubt that general audiences will have that in mind. Whatever happened to good ol' "satellite"?

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Old July 18 2013, 11:41 PM   #12
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IIRC, the general trend (or is it international reg?) is for moons of Neptune to be named after sea gods, etc. Any suggestions out there?

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Old July 19 2013, 02:19 AM   #13
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IIRC, the general trend (or is it international reg?) is for moons of Neptune to be named after sea gods, etc. Any suggestions out there?
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Old July 19 2013, 07:50 AM   #14
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Old July 19 2013, 11:29 PM   #15
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IIRC, the general trend (or is it international reg?) is for moons of Neptune to be named after sea gods, etc. Any suggestions out there?

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How about stepping away from European/Mediterranean mythology and calling it Tangaroa after the figure in Maori mythology? Enough of the Greeks and Romans, already.

Wiki link for the curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangaroa

Oh, and a "funny" answer I tried to resist, but am typing here anyway: Zissou.
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