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New Moon for Uranus

michael posted about 12 years ago | from the all-joking-aside dept.

Space 61

Spudley writes "With a headline that is just begging for puns, the BBC has a story about a new moon that has been discovered around Uranus. I wonder if this one will turn out to be a old rocket engine too?"

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huh? (-1, Redundant)

fredopalus (601353) | about 12 years ago | (#4387486)

Where? I don't see it.

Someone must say it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387536)

I sure hope there's no Klingons on that moon around Uranus.

Re:Someone must say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387588)

That's just gross. Ah man....

(I wonder how many people will actually know what you're talking about)

There's a ring around Uranus ! (3, Funny)

The Famous Druid (89404) | about 12 years ago | (#4394875)

'twas discovered some years ago, and it's my
favourite astronomical fact.

That's no small moon... (5, Funny)

merlyn (9918) | about 12 years ago | (#4387580)

"... it's a Space Station!"

Klingons around Uranus. (2)

Picass0 (147474) | about 12 years ago | (#4387666)

Thank god Uranus has never been invaded!!!

Re:Klingons around Uranus. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387818)

Thank god Uranus has never been invaded!!!

Yes, but Uranus has been invaded frequently and with great enthusiasm.

wrong (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4391081)

you must be mistakened Uranus has been invaded.. it was penetrated by fags!

Please don't (1)

Apreche (239272) | about 12 years ago | (#4387682)

Make the obvious joke about a turd or a dingleberrry revolving around uranus.

d'oh!

In a recent issue of the Journal Asstronomy: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387963)

Uranus has been known to experience enormous gas jets. Once every few days an enormous collection of methane, hydrogen gas, water, and other organic compounds escape its upper atmosphere and fly out toward outter space at incredible speeds. Some theorize that 5 billion years ago one of these gas jets made its way to the primative Earth and supplied our planet with all the gaseous resources one could desire.

You can look at... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387891)

... Uranus [goatse.cx] alot clearer there.

oh man. The punsters are gonna have a field day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387894)

..with this one.

Come to think about it, naming a planet uranus was probably not one of the brightest events.

I've been walking around the office today telling people...

I've heard their's something different about uranus?
So, did you near the news about uranus?

Ohh, the humanity! Somebody stop me.

Futurama (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387926)

Come to think about it, naming a planet uranus was probably not one of the brightest events.

In the year 2869 Uranus has been renamed due to all the bad jokes about it. Now its Urectum.

Re:oh man. The punsters are gonna have a field day (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 12 years ago | (#4391986)

naming a planet uranus was probably not one of the brightest events [because of the jokes]

Who knows, perhaps in some languages "Neptune" means "f*ck your mother". And "Earth" will get you deported.

Re:oh man. The punsters are gonna have a field day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4393844)

I don't know about that, but "mun" (pronounced "moon") means "shit" in Telugu.

Re:oh man. The punsters are gonna have a field day (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 12 years ago | (#4394369)

I don't know about that, but "mun" (pronounced "moon") means "shit" in Telugu.

I'll try to remember to stay out of Telugun.

Re:oh man. The punsters are gonna have a field day (1)

Frodo2002 (595920) | about 12 years ago | (#4396693)

Come to think about it, naming a planet uranus was probably not one of the brightest events. On the other hand, the creation of the USA and its rather quirky pronunciation of the English language was not one of humanity's brightest events either, come to think of it...

could be worse (1)

kcbever (607337) | about 12 years ago | (#4407188)

william herschel (an obnoxiously patriotic british astronomer) was originally going to name the planet after the king of england at the time--george. did we really need a planet named george? granted, uranus is debatably worse, but at least somebody talked him into keeping with the tradition of naming planets after greek/roman gods. of course, he then blew that to hell when he started naming the moons he discovered after shakespearean characters, but you cant always win, i guess...

Migration (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387909)

If there is life on pluto [slashdot.org] then it's also possible that there is life on the outer planetary moons. If this was the case then the entire Uranian system could be teeming with life. Uranus might be surrounded by space mites waiting to penetrate it.

Re:Life on Pluto? (2)

tomhudson (43916) | about 12 years ago | (#4406263)

Sure there's life on Pluto - fleas!

Give the old hound a bath once in a while!.

It has rings too (5, Funny)

Caractacus Potts (74726) | about 12 years ago | (#4387951)

According to the picture provided, this moon actually has its own set of rings. It's almost unbelievable!

Re:It has rings too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4388216)

If the site goes down, it's your fault.

I had to load the page a second time, so that I could see the picture again. That's when I got your joke. Doh.

Re:It has rings too (1)

CXI (46706) | about 12 years ago | (#4388229)

I don't think it has rings. I think the news site is wrong. That "ring" you see in the picture is the typical circle used to indicate the interesting feature. The new moon is estimated to be 9 to 12 miles across. It can't have any rings if it's that small. Another article [space.com] make no reference to a ring. It's an error by the story author, sorry.

Re:It has rings too (1)

Caractacus Potts (74726) | about 12 years ago | (#4388494)

Oh, I was just being silly. The caption under the picture actually says "The moon is ringed", so I thought I'd have a little fun with it.

Re:It has rings too (1)

CXI (46706) | about 12 years ago | (#4388649)

Oh, sorry, my bad. :) Although I think that line should have been written differently... "The moon is ringed" is just a tad bit misleading.

Escaping the escape sequence (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | about 12 years ago | (#4392018)

That "ring" you see in the picture is the typical circle used to indicate the interesting feature.

That brings up an interesting question: how do you mark an actual ring, such as a ring nebula or a planet ring?

Arrows? Okay, but what if the object actually looks like a ring and an arrow together?

A Rectangle? Okay, but what if. Nevermind. If we find a nebula shaped like a ring + arrow + rectangle, then we have far bigger concerns than how to point to it.

Re:Escaping the escape sequence (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4397765)

With a living person's FINGER pointing to it.

I think you'll have a bit more trouble finding that nebula that looks remarkably like some old dude's finger.

+1 FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4387983)

This deserves to be on the Front Page. Count my vote in. FP!

Here come the jokes... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4388025)

You just knew that when you saw "moon" and "Uranus" in the same sentence there'd be plently of jokes about that. Let's prepare ourselves for several rear-end references.

In Utter Trepidation... (2, Insightful)

Locke!Erasmus (588304) | about 12 years ago | (#4388065)

I'm going to make the first post that is serious on this topic...

I think it's great that they've found another moon in the outer solar system. It must be rather complicated keeping track of all the objects that are out there, and especially determining whether an object is a brand-new discovery or an old one.

Do they have some kind of database or repository of this information? Perhaps it is available on the web or something. I would be most obliged if someone would point the way.

Re:In Utter Trepidation... (5, Informative)

foolish (46697) | about 12 years ago | (#4389711)

There are several astro-databases, though the one I am most familar with is the MPC, which can be found at:

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/mpc.html

IIRC, the ESA, NASA and other space agencies also have their own DBs for this information, though they usually propigate the information out once they have enough confirmed sightings.... that's the real rub, there are sooo many planetoids in the KB, the main belt and NEOrbits that nailing down orbits for these faint objects is *really* tricky.

Unfortunately I am not in a good area for any sort of observations. I hope the current window for the Extra-solar planet observation folks get enough volunteers, /. certainly has had enough articles on it.

--foolish

Re:In Utter Trepidation... (4, Informative)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | about 12 years ago | (#4393540)

Just to toss in another good site, I'm very partial to:
http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/

As you can no doubt tell, it's maintained by JPL, so it has pretty much the best orbital and physical data around.

Every time I see the moon... (0)

macdaddy357 (582412) | about 12 years ago | (#4388204)

... I see uranus.

FYI (1)

ConeFish (216294) | about 12 years ago | (#4388263)

Just a tidbit for all the Beavis and Butthead jokers...
The preferred pronunciation of Uranus accents the first syllable ('yur-&-n&s), and not like "your anus"

Re:FYI (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4388605)

So, more like Urine-us?

Re:FYI (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about 12 years ago | (#4404783)

That pronunciation really pisses me off!

Re:FYI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4391476)

uranus: ('yur-&-n&s) having qualities or properties of or similar to pee pee

Re:FYI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4397960)

No offense, but as the Tomatoes and Potatoes song proves, correct pronounciation is not neccessarily constant from one side of the atlantic to the other.

Another groaner (1)

derubergeek (594673) | about 12 years ago | (#4388727)

Seems like an awfully cheeky headline.

Re:Another groaner (1)

Spock the Baptist (455355) | about 12 years ago | (#4390714)

Don't moon me with Uranus...

Just thought that I'd add to the groans...

Missing for a few months? (2, Interesting)

Dave9876 (591025) | about 12 years ago | (#4388774)

It was first seen in August 2001, but quickly lost amid the glare from Uranus.
That could be used in soo many ways, but I won't go there.

Re:Missing for a few months? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4389963)

Did you know the goatse guy has a wedding ring on his left hand? It kind of gets lost in the glare too.

Re:Missing for a few months? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4390120)

TMI, Sir. I really don't want to know how closely you've examined that picture.... half a second was long enough to scar me for life.

Spacepun (1)

Bob Villas Hammer (613639) | about 12 years ago | (#4390125)

I can see the onion headlines now...
"A new pun has been found around your pun."

UUpppps (1)

ivanandre (265129) | about 12 years ago | (#4390530)

If you have a moon in uranus... youd better wo to the doctor... maybe you have hemorroids!

Re:UUpppps (1)

Spock the Baptist (455355) | about 12 years ago | (#4390694)

"If you have a moon in uranus... youd better wo to the doctor... maybe you have hemorroids!"

Not hemorroids, assteroids...

correct pronuciation (2)

solferino (100959) | about 12 years ago | (#4390826)

uranus is a pun free zone
(or at least a less obvious target)
if you pronounce it correctly

u rhymes with goo, to
ra rhymes with ma, ha
nus rhymes with puss

u - ra - nus

Re:correct pronuciation (2)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | about 12 years ago | (#4391455)

Correct according to whom?
http://www.pantheon.org/articles/u/uranus.h tml
It's said the way that leads to the juvenile jokes. Quite a few planetary scientists have veered away from this pronounciation, but that doesn't make it correct. Just widely mispronounced.

Re:correct pronuciation (4, Interesting)

solferino (100959) | about 12 years ago | (#4392248)

thanks for yr reply

i checked the page you referred to and i concede that it (and many more authorative references) indicate such a pronunciation

i am not a classics scholar, however several references to the proper pronunciation of Ouranus (the greek god of the sky) indicate the pronunciation i gave

firstly here is a good link [dischord.net] to a page which gives the proper latin and old greek pronunciation of the entities whom the planets were named after

they give the latin pronuciation :

VRANVS oor-AH-nuss

and the old greek pronunciation

OURANOS (Ouranos)
oar-AH-noss, oor-AH-noss

note that the last sylable changed from an 'o' sound to a 'u' sound, however the stressed middle vowel is an ah in both cases

one thing that i did not stress in my first post is that there should be no 'y' sound at the beginning of the word either

secondly here is a more scholarly page [otenet.gr] which shows the pronunciation of ouranos (search page for uranus, and page works best if you have proper greek fonts installed)

they indicate an IPA pronunciation of :

[ura`nos]

so yes, in summary you could argue that the common modern pronunciation is correct even if it has changed from the way the ancient romans and greeks pronounced the word

however, i feel that it is an unfortunate pronunciation and i prefer the old one - i realise that there can never be a language police, nor would i welcome one, but i do feel that it is good for people to know that there is an alternative pronunciation to the common modern one which can sound better and is more in touch with the word's roots

i feel that the present situation arose from the fact that there was very little usage of the word for many centuries until it suddenly got shot back into prominence with the naming of a major planet after it - and unfortunately people pronounced it as they read it and not from hearing it

Re:correct pronuciation (1)

JoeRobe (207552) | about 12 years ago | (#4392272)

"It's said the way that leads to the juvenile jokes."

That is the pronunciation of the supernatural Uranus. While the planet was originally named after that god, the IAU recently changed it to a pronunciation where the emphasis was on the first syllable. I cannot find a link to anywhere that this is stated, but all of my astronomy profs (I'm an astro major) use that pronunciation.

If you want an official pronunciation, fish around on the IAU site and I'm sure you'll find it. But the fact that the god is pronounced that way does not necessarily mean that the planet is likewise named.

JoeRobe

Re:correct pronuciation (2)

CheshireCatCO (185193) | about 12 years ago | (#4393102)

Actually... it does. Astronomers mispronounce a lot of words. (Charon, anyone? Or Io?) I'd know. I am an astronomer. There are a few astronomers out there who make it a minor crusade to try to get the community to recognize the correct pronounciations (Guy Consolmagno comes to mind), but most astronomers don't care. They say things the way they learned them, even knowing it's not the correct pronounciation.

Re:correct pronuciation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396120)

Jeez, they didn't like your-anus, then they didn't like urinous, so they had to change the pronunciation again?

Re:correct pronuciation (1)

gatkinso (15975) | about 12 years ago | (#4405074)

You can shove your pronunciation up yer anus!

Re:correct pronuciation (1)

airship (242862) | about 12 years ago | (#4405857)

Whether it's "your-anus" or "unine-us" I think the potential for punsters is just about even. (Though I prefer the former.)

Object around Uranus (2, Funny)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 12 years ago | (#4391386)

Hmm.. kinda small for a moon, more like an asteroid. Aha !! It's a Hemorrhoid !!

Re:Object around Uranus (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 12 years ago | (#4391968)

Hmm.. kinda small for a moon, more like an asteroid. Aha !! It's a Hemorrhoid !!

He he

If asteroids come from the stars ("aster"), then hemorrhoids must come from the planet Hemor, no?

As in, "Captain, The planet Hemor exploded. We need to watch out for the all the hemoroids that will be headed our way now!"

Actually, astronomers prefer "planetoid" over "asteroid", but it is too entrenched. "Asteroid" came from the days when they didn't know what asteroids really were IIRC. As we all know, it is hard to name variables in a world of discovery and change. I suppose "thingoid" would be out, just because you don't know what it is.

1002 Ace Spoddesy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4392045)

My stars! It's full of gods!

Re:1002 Ace Spoddesy (2)

BluBrick (1924) | about 12 years ago | (#4396755)

Well done, AC. That's clever!

old rocket engine (2)

Alsee (515537) | about 12 years ago | (#4392684)

I wonder if this one will turn out to be a old rocket engine too?

That would be quite a discovery, there's no way it's one of ours.

-

Fascinating (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4398656)

"there should be similarly sized small moons around Uranus,"

A pair of half moons perhaps?

c'mon, is this a slow day? (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 12 years ago | (#4406205)

it is Klingons!

or
thats no moon, its a...wait a minute, yeah, it's a moon.
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