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(PC Magazine)   "Vulcan" is the front-runner name for Pluto's newly discovered moon. To the right, we'll hear 2,187 reasons from die hard Star Trek fans why that's a "scientifically" bad choice   (pcmag.com) divider line 68
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2013-02-24 09:34:00 AM  
Well, it's illogical
 
2013-02-24 10:01:27 AM  
Persephone or Kore would fit better from the mythological point, both being names for the (unwilling) wife of Pluto who would be bonded with him like a moon with a planet(oid).
 
2013-02-24 10:51:23 AM  
Because snakes don't belong in Alaska.
 
2013-02-24 10:58:37 AM  
Acheron, Lethe,Cocytus, Proserpina (Persehpone's Roman name) or any of the other names associated with the underworld would be better. Even Tartarus or Elysian would be better names than Vulcan. It doesn't connect well at all with Pluto in Greco/Roman mythology, which is how moons are named.
 
2013-02-24 11:15:10 AM  
Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.
 
2013-02-24 11:18:18 AM  
Persephone or Cerebus.  How hard is this people?
 
2013-02-24 11:18:30 AM  
Vulcan is no more.

Unimatrix Zero is a better name.
 
2013-02-24 11:25:27 AM  
2179 to go
 
2013-02-24 11:45:19 AM  
It's a moon. Call it Endor.
 
2013-02-24 11:51:34 AM  
Or these Nerds could name it 'Vulva' as in:  We may know where it is but we'll never get there...
 
2013-02-24 12:43:17 PM  
I could have sworn that Vulcan was already the name of some planet or something.
 
2013-02-24 12:58:48 PM  
Because Vulcan is a god and only planets get named after gods. Pluto gets a pass because it used to be a planet and we thought we hurt it's feelings bad enough when we demoted so we didn't want to take away it's name too.

Don't feel bad Pluto. I'm not a planet either.
 
2013-02-24 01:53:48 PM  
Star Trek fan here. My take:

I don't give a f*ck.
 
2013-02-24 02:40:52 PM  

flucto: Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.


Then we'd better start naming the thousands of other Pluto-sized objects in the solar system.
 
2013-02-24 02:47:40 PM  
Wait until they get better quality photos and find out what it really is.

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-02-24 02:51:43 PM  

DamnYankees: I could have sworn that Vulcan was already the name of some planet or something.


Vulcan was the name of a theoretical planet used to explain an apparent aberration in the orbit of Mercury. It was closer to the Sun than Mercury and pulled on its orbit. The theory of relativity and probes of Mercury and the Sun eliminated any possibility that Vulcan existed. Here's the article about it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulcan_%28hypothetical_planet%29
 
2013-02-24 02:54:32 PM  

Mentat: Persephone or Cerebus.  How hard is this people?


Exactly.  They have a nice underworld theme going.  Stupid ST fans breaking continuity in an illogical way.

A logical continuity break would be naming it Hel.
 
2013-02-24 02:55:57 PM  
I'd name it Goofy.
 
2013-02-24 02:56:10 PM  
So I guess Eurectum is off the table for discussion?
 
2013-02-24 02:57:32 PM  
Vulcan is the god of fire and the forge. Naming an icy rock that orbits another icy rock a couple billion miles from the sun is simply illogical.
 
2013-02-24 02:59:03 PM  
So I take it Subby is unaware that William Shatner is promoting this as well, and a whole lot of people head over from his site to vote on it?

/the facebook post was funny
//yes I voted.
 
2013-02-24 03:04:41 PM  

flucto: Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.


Nope.

(1) A ""1 is a celestial body that: (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has around its orbit.

Which is why Pluto is not a planet.

/Persephone
 
2013-02-24 03:06:58 PM  

Indolent: Wait until they get better quality photos and find out what it really is.

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 550x550]


i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-24 03:11:25 PM  
Why not Zoidberg?
 
2013-02-24 03:12:11 PM  
I'm a die hard ST fan...and I have no issue with this.
 
2013-02-24 03:16:30 PM  

greentea1985: Acheron, Lethe,Cocytus, Proserpina (Persehpone's Roman name) or any of the other names associated with the underworld would be better. Even Tartarus or Elysian would be better names than Vulcan. It doesn't connect well at all with Pluto in Greco/Roman mythology, which is how moons are named.


Greco/Roman mythology is how some moons are named.  Uranus's moons, except one, are named for characters in Shakespeare's plays.
 
2013-02-24 03:28:14 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Vulcan is no more.

Unimatrix Zero is a better name.


Unimatrix Zero One was terminated. Unimatrix Zero Prevails.
 
2013-02-24 03:40:59 PM  
I was holding out for Yuggoth.
 
2013-02-24 03:51:21 PM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-24 04:10:07 PM  
I'd recommend Narcissus to mark this age of hubris.
 
2013-02-24 04:19:13 PM  
I say we call it Tanagra.

/Shaka, when the walls fell
 
2013-02-24 04:40:33 PM  
Why would you name a moon out on the icy reaches of the system after the god who ran a FORGE?
 
2013-02-24 04:44:15 PM  
Being Shatner, it's surprising he didn't go with "Earth".
 
2013-02-24 05:13:49 PM  

Dufus: Persephone or Kore would fit better from the mythological point, both being names for the (unwilling) wife of Pluto who would be bonded with him like a moon with a planet(oid).


THIS
 
2013-02-24 05:18:38 PM  

spyderqueen: Why would you name a moon out on the icy reaches of the system after the god who ran a FORGE?


This was going to be my argument.
 
2013-02-24 05:30:30 PM  
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNN!!!
 
2013-02-24 05:36:10 PM  
Is Millhouse a name?
 
2013-02-24 05:42:48 PM  
"X"
 
2013-02-24 06:04:35 PM  
Are they sure it's a moon?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-24 06:06:31 PM  

the_innkeeper: flucto: Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.

Nope.

(1) A ""1 is a celestial body that: (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has around its orbit.

Which is why Pluto is not a planet.

/Persephone


Where did you copy that from that it got screwed up like that?
 
2013-02-24 06:10:36 PM  
Rigel VII, if it were a true geek.

/I only report on these things
 
2013-02-24 06:51:49 PM  
I'm not sure if Persephone ) works as she was tge goddess of vegetation. Are there any icy cold Greek gods that aren't taken?
 
2013-02-24 07:09:18 PM  
has big plans for it?

i230.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-24 07:30:19 PM  

hawcian: the_innkeeper: flucto: Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.

Nope.

(1) A ""1 is a celestial body that: (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has around its orbit.

Which is why Pluto is not a planet.

/Persephone

Where did you copy that from that it got screwed up like that?


Wiki. It looked fine in the preview, or I am blind. Either one is possible.
 
2013-02-24 08:03:01 PM  
How can a non-planet have a moon?
 
2013-02-24 08:29:07 PM  

Dufus: Persephone or Kore would fit better from the mythological point, both being names for the (unwilling) wife of Pluto who would be bonded with him like a moon with a planet(oid).


Persephone? I heard they love their fancy shindigs, but take their dueling way too seriously. Besides that... everything's shiny.
 
2013-02-24 09:18:53 PM  

lelio: I'm not sure if Persephone ) works as she was tge goddess of vegetation. Are there any icy cold Greek gods that aren't taken?


Negatory, that was her mother. It was her mother's sorrow at Perse's having to spend six months in Hades every year that was the cause of plants waning their productivity during the winter half of the year. So far as I know, Perse ain't the goddess of anything except women's second-class citizenship.

And yeah, naming the moon of Pluto after the guy whom volcanoes are named after is stupid.
 
2013-02-24 09:27:27 PM  

NYRBill: has big plans for it?

[i230.photobucket.com image 400x361]


Evil men with evil schemes.
 
2013-02-24 09:43:38 PM  
It should have been called DeGrasse-Tyson
 
2013-02-24 09:45:59 PM  
Take away its planet status, but give it a named moon?... its not logical so Spock may not approve

/watching the Oscars - mind not occupied at present
 
2013-02-25 12:24:47 AM  
Call it Poonapooqurficklejezzmastrifetchinzalisus III.

Please.
 
2013-02-25 12:30:50 AM  

spyderqueen: Why would you name a moon out on the icy reaches of the system after the god who ran a FORGE?


My thoughts exactly.
 
2013-02-25 01:21:14 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2013-02-25 03:04:17 AM  
The scientific reason why this is a bad choice is simple - there are already hypothetical solar system objects called vulcanoids, and referring to this little moon as Vulcan engenders confusion.
 
2013-02-25 05:42:52 AM  

exatron: greentea1985: Acheron, Lethe,Cocytus, Proserpina (Persehpone's Roman name) or any of the other names associated with the underworld would be better. Even Tartarus or Elysian would be better names than Vulcan. It doesn't connect well at all with Pluto in Greco/Roman mythology, which is how moons are named.

Greco/Roman mythology is how some moons are named.  Uranus's moons, except one, are named for characters in Shakespeare's plays.


Yes, the moons are named based on Greco/Roman mythology based on characters associated with the God the planet is named after. Uranus is an exception because there are not a whole lot of myths about him and many of them involve names already assigned to Saturn and its moons so there were few names available to choose from.
 
2013-02-25 06:47:37 AM  
I like Cerberus.

It goes with Charon, Nix and Hydra -- Greek denizens of the Underworld.

Not farking Vulcan (the Roman god of fire).
 
2013-02-25 07:14:09 AM  
Vulcan should not be the name of an icy moon.
 
2013-02-25 10:34:06 AM  
I thought the Borg ate Pluto.
 
2013-02-25 10:49:43 AM  

flucto: Let's not skip the more important point, if it has a moon it's a planet. It's right there in all the scientific literature.


Pluto already has a known moon, Charon.
 
2013-02-25 12:37:36 PM  
Zappa
 
2013-02-25 01:43:24 PM  
Was kind of hoping for Erebus so it could be blown up in a future novel from the Black Library.
 
2013-02-25 03:26:13 PM  
I actually voted for "Lethe" and "Thanatos", simply because in a hundred year or so, Pluto will be long-forgotten and, as far as we humans are concerned, probably dead. On the other hand, if the Trekkies want to waste Vulcan on such an insignificant moon, maybe that will make room for the Star Wars names when we get to name cool, Earth-like planets we might go to one day...
 
2013-02-25 04:51:15 PM  
Mondas.
 
2013-02-25 06:53:20 PM  
That's Hoth like Wasabi...
 
2013-02-26 09:54:22 AM  
I submitted the name Thanatos as a write in (probably not the only one who did). Glad to see it got a some votes. Also voted for his twin Hypnos.

Firefly > Babylon  5 > than Star Trek> Star Wars> Battlestar Galactia (both versions) and all the rest.
 
2013-02-26 10:03:48 AM  

hasty ambush: I submitted the name Thanatos as a write in (probably not the only one who did). Glad to see it got a some votes. Also voted for his twin Hypnos.

Firefly > Babylon  5 > than Star Trek> Star Wars> Battlestar Galactia (both versions) and all the rest.


Doctor Who fell off the far left of the screen when you posted this.
 
2013-02-26 10:38:49 AM  

turboke: hasty ambush: I submitted the name Thanatos as a write in (probably not the only one who did). Glad to see it got a some votes. Also voted for his twin Hypnos.

Firefly > Babylon  5 > than Star Trek> Star Wars> Battlestar Galactia (both versions) and all the rest.

Doctor Who fell off the far left of the screen when you posted this.


Doc Who sucks and blows, except for the Karen.
 
2013-02-26 02:11:49 PM  
Bob
 
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