Vote for Vulcan!

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by dub, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. dub

    dub Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I doubt the vote is binding, but it's fun anyway:

    http://www.plutorocks.com/home

    From their website:

    Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011 and 2012 revealed two previously unknown moons of Pluto. So far, we have been calling them "P4" and "P5", but the time has come to give them permanent names. If it were up to you, what would you choose?

    By tradition, the names of Pluto's moons come from Greek and Roman mythology, and are related to the ancient tales about Hades and the Underworld. Please pick your favorites.

    Alternatively, if you have a great idea for a name that we have overlooked, let us know by filling out the write-in form. If you can make a good case for it, we will add it to the list.
     
  2. trekkiedane

    trekkiedane Admiral Admiral

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    I think most members have already seen the thread in Misc. on the same subject by now. - But cool to see the subject is popular :bolian:
     
  3. gturner

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    But astronomers will take suggestions from the Science and Technology forum much more seriously than suggestions from miscellaneous.

    If not for the Greek/Roman theme we started with, Inuit or Aleut legends would be a better fit for Pluto.
     
  4. dub

    dub Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I figured I missed a thread about it somewhere. Ah well. Carry on!
     
  5. timelord1010

    timelord1010 Captain Captain

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    I'd like to see the name Vulcan saved for a actual planet in another solar system.
     
  6. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    And Vulcan should be the name of a hot, ideally volcanic world, not a tiny, icy moon.
     
  7. Ronald Held

    Ronald Held Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Vulcan should be an object closer to the Sun than Mercury. Maybe a Lagrange point object of Mercury should they exist.
     
  8. YellowSubmarine

    YellowSubmarine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    It's a scientifically established fact that Vulcan orbits 40 Eridani A, not Pluto!
     
  9. dub

    dub Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    well see, I was thinking it would be fun to name it Vulcan, then we can blow it up JJ-style. What do you think? :devil:
     
  10. YellowSubmarine

    YellowSubmarine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Vulcan is apparently winning. Who let William Shatner use his influence on people again?

    I don't mind Vulcan, Vulcan is cool, but I'm disappointed that Styx didn't win. What the hell is a Cerberus?
     
  11. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

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    The three-headed guard dog of Hades's domain in Greek mythology. Better known to Harry Potter fans as Fluffy.
     
  12. diankra

    diankra Commodore Commodore

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    Well, it would be accurate to the Vulcan featured in Doctor Who, as the script directions for Power of the Daleks refer to 'the dark of the Plutovian night'...
     
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  13. Pavonis

    Pavonis Commodore Commodore

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    Lame joke. Try harder.
     
  14. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    The one with the mercury swamps? Now Vulcan was pluto's cousin or something.

    Vulcan needs to be a hot extrasolar world--if not 40 Eridani A, then nearby.