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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
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2013-02-24 10:01:27 AM  
5 votes:
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 02:57:32 PM  
4 votes:
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 02:55:57 PM  
3 votes:
I'd name it Goofy.
2013-02-24 03:06:58 PM  
2 votes:

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

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2013-02-24 02:51:43 PM  
2 votes:

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 12:58:48 PM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-02-26 02:11:49 PM  
1 vote:
2013-02-25 03:04:17 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-02-24 09:45:59 PM  
1 vote:
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
2013-02-24 04:19:13 PM  
1 vote:
I say we call it Tanagra.

/Shaka, when the walls fell
2013-02-24 04:10:07 PM  
1 vote:
I'd recommend Narcissus to mark this age of hubris.
2013-02-24 03:04:41 PM  
1 vote:

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.


(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.

2013-02-24 02:59:03 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:54:32 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:18:30 AM  
1 vote:
Vulcan is no more.

Unimatrix Zero is a better name.
2013-02-24 11:15:10 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:58:37 AM  
1 vote:
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.
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