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Old July 20 2013, 01:39 AM   #16
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

I say they call it: 'Kraken'

That way if/when it escapes Neptune's obit, the headline will read:

"Neptune has released the Kraken!"
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Old July 20 2013, 01:59 AM   #17
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

You keep kraken jokes like that... and we'll have to keelhaul you the long way, just to show you we mean business!
"No, I better not look. I just might be in there."
—Foghorn Leghorn, Little Boy Boo
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Old July 20 2013, 09:53 PM   #18
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

Now this is a bit more interesting:

Uranus was knocked on its side by a massive collsion, and I would not be surprised if these rocks were the result. Being in unstable orbits means that they may be removed if you can get a large enough spacecraft out to it. They may just be diamond rich. A diamond asteroid in a horseshoe orbit just needs a little more delta vee and off it goes.

I wonder if some of Neptune's new moons are ripe for harvesting as well.
I guess the can be called ice giants for a different reason too, now.
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