October 31, 2005
— Ace I'm beginning to get annoyed by Pluto. If it keeps this crap up, yank its status as a planet.
Yeah, thrill of discovery and all that, but 1) I hate unlearning things I learned in third grade and 2) it's disappointing we're still discovering stupid moons in our own solar system. That's the exploratory equivalent of finding you have an extra salad spoon in your kitchen. Yayyyy.
'Cause from where I'm sitting, Pluto's laying some high-quality smackdown on the bitches with this hand.
It's a planet. Get over it. Save your ire for that Indian she-bitch planet Qwa-Whore, or whatever the fuck it is they call it.
Dave at Garfield Ridge
Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at October 31, 2005 05:48 PM (kc9zT)
Surely these "moons" are nothing but Rovian tricks designed to divert attention from Scooter Libby's indictment.
Posted by: Jack M. at October 31, 2005 05:49 PM (w5x/T)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at October 31, 2005 05:56 PM (JEvqf)
They are actually natural satellites, not moons. Just as Pluto is a planet; we don't call it an earth.
There is only one celestial body properly named the Moon (or Luna) and it is the single large natural satellite of the planet Earth.
If this is typical of most news articles about Astronomy, it's no wonder most Americans don't know if we reside in the Milky Way or the Snickers galaxy.
Posted by: Log Cabin at October 31, 2005 06:03 PM (Nso4J)
Posted by: Sortelli at October 31, 2005 07:07 PM (tHvzT)
That's the exploratory equivalent of finding you have an extra salad spoon in your kitchen.
Are you inventorying your kitchen again?
Posted by: at October 31, 2005 07:09 PM (uOwet)
Posted by: chickpea at October 31, 2005 07:40 PM (hBAty)
Right on! If anybody is deserving of our ire, its that neocon wingnut Goofy.
Posted by: BrewFan at November 01, 2005 02:18 AM (jNXMh)
Posted by: Bebeaux at November 01, 2005 03:10 AM (b9v2c)
Posted by: Steve L. at November 01, 2005 03:12 AM (hpZf2)
"Just on a visceral level, the fact that Pluto has a whole suite of companions will make some people feel better," Stern said.
Well I, for one, am sleeping better at night now.
Posted by: at November 01, 2005 05:52 AM (rGBYl)
And Log Cabin: get a life. If even NASA calls the satellites of planets 'moons' then I think the usage is acceptable.
Posted by: David Gillies at November 01, 2005 07:41 AM (2FZO3)
Posted by: Bohemian at November 01, 2005 07:53 AM (ywZa8)
Remember never to eat a salad at Ace's.
And be careful with the soup forks. They're tricky.
Posted by: Bebeaux at November 01, 2005 11:24 AM (b9v2c)
Posted by: OregonMuse at November 01, 2005 05:03 PM (D9Ebv)
Posted by: spurwing plover at November 01, 2005 06:21 PM (I9Upt)
And on a less proctological note:
Log Cabin: Technically, "moon" generically denotes any natural satellite; "Moon" specifically refers to the natural satellite of Earth. NASA got it right.
Posted by: DoctorWho at November 01, 2005 08:35 PM (zq2L6)
That's right. Technically, the Moon isn't actually a moon.
Posted by: jaed at November 02, 2005 02:07 AM (Wz8D0)
Posted by: spurwing plover at November 03, 2005 04:44 PM (I9Upt)
I don't know where the hell you got your information, but the Earth-Moon barycenter (center of gravity) is inside the Earth--about 1/3 of the way down between the surface and the center.
I've also just done the (trivial) calculation of the ratio of the Sun's and Earth's gravitational attractions on the Moon, and the Earth's influence is more than 40 times greater than the Sun's.
When true geekiness talks, the other stuff walks. Lace up those sneakers...
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