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(Blues News)   The Earth has two moons; maybe more   ( divider line
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2001-08-16 12:28:31 PM  
That was a really cool article...
2001-08-16 12:29:18 PM  
This is old news. Or, rather, an update on old news. These guys discovered NEAR3753 (now called Cruithne). Those guys are actually only 2 floors up from me right now. Nice fellas.
2001-08-16 12:30:14 PM  
Ah, I suppose the date is obvious from the URL. Oct 29, 1999.
2001-08-16 12:32:29 PM  
No.. just the one. Good try though
2001-08-16 12:36:41 PM  
I saw two moons once...
2001-08-16 12:40:13 PM  
Goddamn non-committal moons...just come and go as they please. MOON WHORES!
2001-08-16 01:07:33 PM  
Two moons? hmmm. Nope - I don't think that an asteroid counts as a moon anymore then chunks of frozen astronaut piss counts as a moon.
Just because its in orbit doesn't mean that you can call it a moon people.
2001-08-16 01:28:40 PM  
Can't be a moon with the name 'Cruithne', after all, what are poets going to rhyme that with?
2001-08-16 01:29:21 PM  
I think maybe more.
2001-08-16 01:38:29 PM  
Why do you say that? This moon is, what, 3 km wide? Phobos's minor axis is 18 km and deimos's is 10. They're both considered moons.

-= rei =-
2001-08-16 01:50:05 PM  
cruithne was in a book I read last year, but I can't remember...
2001-08-16 02:19:20 PM  
In the past year, astronomers have reported finding such objects around Uranus.

Insert your own Uranus joke here.

2001-08-16 02:32:49 PM  
i'm sorry, i like to see my "moons" with the naked eye, from the surface of the planet. i like them to have a decent size. i like them to be in near-permanent orbit around the planet. everything else is just a damn rock that got caught in the gravitatational field.

its the difference between technical, and meaningful.
2001-08-16 02:43:40 PM  
"Angel told me a story yesterday,
"About the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea..."

The infinite dancing majestic beauty of the cosmos and all of its mysteries should be a lesson to us all.

2001-08-16 03:18:34 PM  
See, even as many drugs as Jimi Hendrix did, he still knew there was just one moon! Silly scientists with their "facts" and "laws"...
2001-08-16 03:24:35 PM  
Semantics... 'nuff said.
2001-08-16 03:29:28 PM  
Rei - I dunno if I consider size so much as permanance (permenence?). It just seems that an object that comes into a planet's orbit and then leaves the planet's orbit doesnt seem too "moon-like". Maybe we are simply talking semantics but it seems to me that a moon either has to be a constant orbiting satellite or at least be made of blue (bleu?) cheese.
2001-08-16 04:15:10 PM  

Don't worry, it gets really hard to define whether something is a moon - or even a planet, for that matter (we've found "planets" drifting through open space, for example - are they planets? What's the cutoff size, if there is one? Etc.)

As for a moon, you'd probably want to take both size and perminance into account. I think they need another term, like "quasimoon" or something ;)

-= rei =-
2001-08-16 05:43:18 PM  
Maybe the second moon is where the government is hiding the secret mind rays. Remember to wear your foil shiny side out.
2001-08-16 06:20:17 PM  
I think the term "temporary partner" comes into play if you want to be PC about it. However, there is so much junk of ours floating up in space in orbit that it isn't funny at all.
2001-08-16 08:04:46 PM  
Actually, it doesn't matter which side of the foil is on the outside. It works equally both ways.
2001-08-16 08:28:33 PM  
I said a hip hop hibbie uda whibbie.....
2001-08-16 08:56:13 PM  
So this is why I never meet anyone in my class when they say they were on the moon all class! They were on the other one!
2001-08-16 10:57:55 PM  
That's no moon, it's a space station! (hail Xenu, returning Overlord).
2001-08-16 11:15:08 PM  
why do scientists name things without having a cut and dry, black and white definition of what the name means? its all floating space rocks and garbage in set (sometimes) patterns. "uh that is in the orbit... lets call it a moon."
2001-08-17 01:18:36 AM  
I like Glenlivid's idea. Let's call the temporary ones Moon Whores. It's got a nice ring to it.
2001-08-17 06:57:34 AM  
I couldn't finish the article. I was too fascinated by the X10 ad.
2001-08-17 07:55:49 AM  
so we may never even notice the next lunar eclipse
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