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Vote To Name Two Newly Discovered Moons of Pluto

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the a-moon-by-any-other-name dept.

Space 144

astroengine writes "The SETI Institute has launched a new website called 'Pluto Rocks!' intended to gather a public vote on the names of Pluto's smallest, and most recently discovered, moons P4 and P5. Discovered in 2011 and 2012 by Hubble, the two dinky satellites have concerned scientists managing the NASA New Horizons probe that will flyby the Plutonian system in 2015 — the presence of small rocky bodies in Pluto orbit might mean there is a significant collision risk to the high velocity spacecraft. This sinister back story will surely influence the naming outcome of the two new moons, where all the suggestions on Pluto Rocks! are related to Greek and Roman mythological characters from the underworld (but you can also make your own suggestions). If you want to get involved, there's also a special SETI Institute G+ Hangout planned for 11 a.m. PT Monday where two of the P4/P5 discovery scientists will hold a Q&A session."

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That's easy . . . name one "Colbert" . . . (0)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#42862187)

. . . and the other one, "Colbert`s Sister" . . .

Re:That's easy . . . name one "Colbert" . . . (5, Interesting)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#42862403)

Actually, I'd make the other one Tyson, because Neil Degrasse Tyson was instrumental in making Pluto no longer a planet.

Re:That's easy . . . name one "Colbert" . . . (1)

pnakotus015 (2475846) | about a year ago | (#42864677)

Actually, it was Mike Brown (Caltech Astronomer) who was the most instrumental. Though Tyson didn't object. So, Brown and Tyson.

I'll name them for you... (1)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#42864481)

I'll name them for you...
... after you re-instate its planethood.

Re:I'll name them for you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42865263)

I was going to pick: 'Its got moons, so definitely a planet' & 'Yes I'm sure'.

Are they really moons? (4, Insightful)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about a year ago | (#42862249)

Do non-planets have moons?

Re:Are they really moons? (3, Funny)

naroom (1560139) | about a year ago | (#42862267)

That's no moon...

Re:Are they really moons? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42863505)

Kill yourself, fanboy.

Re:Are they really moons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42864913)

That's no moon...

Call them cheeks. 2 Cheeks make a moon. Ask any high-school student.

Re:Are they really moons? (1)

YodasEvilTwin (2014446) | about a year ago | (#42862315)

Is there another name for rocks that orbit rocks?

Re:Are they really moons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862349)

Are you sure it's Rock?

Re:Are they really moons? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862351)

An asteroid field.

Re:Are they really moons? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862361)

Satellite

Re:Are they really moons? (2)

Kenja (541830) | about a year ago | (#42862441)

Was going to post much the same question. However, anything in space can have a moon since all that means is an object trapped in the parents gravity field. So yes, even planetoids can have moons. In fact, even a moon can have moons. But that would be very uncommon as a moons moon would most likely get pulled out of orbit by what the moon is orbiting.

Re:Are they really moons? (1)

Raistlin77 (754120) | about a year ago | (#42862603)

...In fact, even a moon can have moons. But that would be very uncommon as a moons moon would most likely get pulled out of orbit by what the moon is orbiting.

Why would that be uncommon? Our moon doesn't get pulled out of its orbit around the earth by the sun, nor do the moons of any other planet in our solar system.

LOL .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862277)

there's also a special SETI Institute G+ Hangout planned for 11 a.m. PT Monday

Now I bet that is an exciting awesome event not to be missed.

Who cares? (0)

Compaqt (1758360) | about a year ago | (#42862343)

After all, Pluto's not a planet, sayeth the cool kids in the astronomy departments.

Re:Who cares? (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#42862371)

sayeth the cool kids in the astronomy departments

Have you ever been to an astronomy department? ;-)

Re:Who cares? (1)

Compaqt (1758360) | about a year ago | (#42862537)

The point was a majority of people who happened to vote in some panel at an IAU conference decided Pluto isn't a planet. Given that, why get worked up over the name of a moon of a plutoid, one among many?

Re:Who cares? (1)

arisvega (1414195) | about a year ago | (#42863409)

.. people who happened to vote in some panel ..

Same procedure in law-making. Also in the patent system. Your point?

Re:Who cares? (2)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#42862663)

sayeth the cool kids in the astronomy departments

Have you ever been to an astronomy department? ;-)

He means the toughs who hang out by the air conditioner.

Re:Who cares? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#42862891)

He means the toughs who hang out by the air conditioner.

Bah, if they were tough they wouldn't need air conditioning. ;-)

Orpheus and Euridice (3, Interesting)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#42862457)

Those two aren't taken yet? I'm genuinely surprised.

Re:Orpheus and Euridice (1)

Intropy (2009018) | about a year ago | (#42863091)

That would be a good pairing. I voted Lethe and Styx. My beef with the voting is that many of the names work much better pairwise, but you could end up mix and match. I guess that's only an issue until the next moon is found, but even so, Eurydice and Lethe just wouldn't be as good.

Re:Styx and Journey (4, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#42863257)

I'm okay with Styx, but the other one should be named Journey.

Re:Styx and Journey (4, Funny)

Jesus_666 (702802) | about a year ago | (#42864877)

I think that naming moons after bands is a great idea. Hence I propose calling the moons Styx and Stones.

Re:Styx and Journey (1)

mark_reh (2015546) | about a year ago | (#42865331)

Except that both were among the worst bands ever recorded.

If you want to name those rocks after bands, how about Morphine and Radiohead?

Phlegethon and Cocytus (1)

columbus (444812) | about a year ago | (#42864297)

I proposed 2 new names: Phlegethon and Cocytus
These would round out the choices to include all 5 rivers of the mythological underworld

However, all of the other planets and moons I can think of are named after beings rather than places (mythological or otherwise).
So I cast my vote for Erebus.

Re:Orpheus and Euridice (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42863215)

Those two aren't taken yet? I'm genuinely surprised.

Haha, I got exactly the same idea! :-) It's rare nowadays to find a proper name for an astronomical object that Styx so well. Oh, that was a horrible pun.

Re:Orpheus and Euridice (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#42863275)

Haha, I got exactly the same idea! :-)

A minor clarification: I got the idea before I even RTFA (and seen the list and voted). It sort of felt immediately obvious. But I think the choice is obvious for anyone with high shool education, so perhaps it's not that surprising.

Mickey and Minnie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862521)

We can go further with Disney names and have Mickey and Minnie ... they are sinister enough for me...

Insult to Injury (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about a year ago | (#42862579)

First the take away Pluto's standing as a planet, but it still gets to have moons? Seriously? Either it's a planet, or it's not. Make up your mind!

it's too soon... (2)

drankr (2796221) | about a year ago | (#42862593)

I still haven't gotten over Pluto's demotion. I just don't wanna revisit that whole thing. Moon, shmoon, whatever, it will never be the same.
Anyway I'm sure somebody out there's already got perfectly good names for them...

Fifi and Butch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862693)

Gotta be Fifi and Butch.

libwww_perl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862701)

I predict this will win by a large margin.

I know some, I know some! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862775)

Vagina and Anus!

Fun for the children in astronomy class. What da ya think about that? Not good?

Bollocks. I knew they would be rejected. :-(

Typical male response (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42863209)

Tell someone they've got a brand new set of balls, and all you can think of are places to stick them.

Mickey and Mimi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862811)

Mickey and Mimi

Dwarf Planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862845)

Mickey and Minnie.

Hmmm, actually... on the Dwarf Planet theme...

Happy and Grumpy

Or ... hmmm....

Rimmer and Lister

Pluto " My daddy is a Planet" Junior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42862899)

There, a suggestion that sums up my feelings and thoughts about Pluto.

Scylla and Charybdis (2)

erice (13380) | about a year ago | (#42862921)

Given the danger to the New Horizons probe, the appropriate mythology names would have to be Scylla and Charybdis [wikipedia.org]

Re:Scylla and Charybdis (1)

DadLeopard (1290796) | about a year ago | (#42863903)

Darn! You beat me to it! Even though not Hades related, in this situation, they fit the bill perfectly! I guess we will have to wait till they discover new moons of Neptune for them to be in play though!

how about something really bad ass (2)

circletimessquare (444983) | about a year ago | (#42862935)

like the names of the greek gods for "fear" and "terror"

Re:how about something really bad ass (3, Insightful)

Antipater (2053064) | about a year ago | (#42863285)

You're in luck, then. Acheron (agony) and Alecto (rage) are on the list of candidates, as is Erebus (darkness - more specifically, the embracing darkness that envelops and smothers you as it drags you to Hades).

Re:how about something really bad ass (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about a year ago | (#42865091)

Aww, but those are waaay too baddass for these piddly little rocks way out in the farthest reaches of the solar system. They'd be better reserved for massive asteroids with the potential to hit Earth - the names would very apropos.

Re:how about something really bad ass (1)

jadv (1437949) | about a year ago | (#42865463)

Everything is better with chainsaws.

If that is true, then why did Bruce Willis ditch the chainsaw and go for the katana? Yeah, off-topic, I know, I know. Go ahead and mod me down. My karma is already bad anyway.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42863027)

Rock 1 and Rock 2
Tweedledee and Tweedledum
Fourth and Fifth Rock from the Formerly Ninth Planet from the Sun
You Lookin' at Me and Here's Looking at You Kid

If they were really evil... (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | about a year ago | (#42863419)

... they could say they were keeping up the habit of naming them after elements of backwards pagan mythologies, then name them Belphegor and Asmodeus, and wait to see how long it takes for someone to get it.

Hewdraw & Twinbellows (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42863817)

How about "Hewdraw" and "Twinbellows" - Underworld monsters from Kid Icarus

Raxacoricofallapatorius and Clom (1)

bdwebb (985489) | about a year ago | (#42863865)

I am forced to watch Dr. Who by my significant other on the regular and Raxacoricofallapatorius is stuck in my brain permanently...it is a pretty awesome name for a planet.

left nut and right nut (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42863953)

left nut and right nut

High in the sky (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42864343)

How about cann and abis?

Easy: Thanatos and Hypnos (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42864541)

Death and Sleep, the sons of Nix (Night) and Erebos (Darkness). Death or sleep are the two most likely outcomes of a collision, and Nix is already a moon of Pluto.

Case closed.

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