IAU Rejects name of Vulcan for Pluto moon

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  1. Mysterion

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  2. iguana_tonante

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    We'll crack that when we find one. No biggies.

    This, on the other hand, makes no sense. There is no "to me" here. Just a matter of consensus in the scientific community. You can claim that stars, cats, and verbs are all apples to you, and that would be equally meaningless.
     
  3. Christopher

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    No, it sounds like a Greek word that hasn't been Latinized. That's how it's supposed to be spelled. Well, except... in the Greek alphabet.


    Plenty of asteroids have moons. A moon is a satellite of another object; that object is not required to be a planet.


    As I understand it, it's a collision of two separate proposals that don't mesh well. One proposal was for a subclass of planets that would be called dwarf planets; the other was for a class of non-planetary objects that would be called subplanets. Somehow the closed-door committee that slapped together a hasty compromise ended up taking a little from Column A and a little from Column B and ending up with a class of non-planetary objects called dwarf planets, which is conceptually, linguistically, and procedurally a mess. Although it certainly fits the classic definition of a compromise: an agreement that leaves both sides equally unhappy.
     
  4. iguana_tonante

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    Having been in astrophysical committees, I have no troubles believing this.
     
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    Have you been to Planetino's? Great Italian food but a little pricey. :)