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'Vulcan' Leads Poll To Name Pluto's Moon
Trek News ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff

Posted on 02/24/2013 11:02:41 AM PST by EveningStar

'Vulcan' could be the name of Pluto's recently discovered moons. The name, which Star Trek fans will know as Spock's home planet, is currently leading an online poll which could decide one of the two 20-30km moons discovered by the Hubble telescope between 2011 and 2012.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: moon; pluto; startrek; vulcan
Poll (Voting ends at noon EST on Monday, February 25th, 2013)
1 posted on 02/24/2013 11:02:56 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Illogical.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 11:05:13 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: EveningStar

OK then, you got my attention...


3 posted on 02/24/2013 11:06:00 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: Free Vulcan

I somehow would have thought that “Micky” would be somewhat appropriate.


4 posted on 02/24/2013 11:09:16 AM PST by jongaltsr
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To: EveningStar

I would rather save Vulcan for something a little more interesting than a tiny, rocky moon.


5 posted on 02/24/2013 11:12:05 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Good point.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 11:14:40 AM PST by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar
Fascinating!
7 posted on 02/24/2013 11:18:43 AM PST by granite (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left - Ecclest 10:2)
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To: EveningStar
It's very small and insignificant, perhaps *Goreon*
8 posted on 02/24/2013 11:20:12 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: EveningStar

They should call it Tinkerbell.


9 posted on 02/24/2013 11:21:03 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: EveningStar

I’ve been to Vulcan...Alberta that is!


10 posted on 02/24/2013 11:21:03 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: EveningStar; 2ndDivisionVet; 45semi; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; all the best; ...
Have at it! Link is in #1

FREEP THIS POLL ***PING!*** FRmail me if you want to be added or removed from the Fearless Poll-Freeping Freepers Ping list. (multiple votes using multiple internetz devices are allowed!) And be sure to ping me to any polls that need Freepin', if I miss them. (looks like a medium volume list) (gordongekko909, founder of the pinglist, stays on the list until his ghost signs up for the list)

11 posted on 02/24/2013 11:22:21 AM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks EveningStar.


12 posted on 02/24/2013 11:22:31 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

What color are the people there?


13 posted on 02/24/2013 11:23:07 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks EveningStar.


14 posted on 02/24/2013 11:23:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: EveningStar; 2ndDivisionVet; 45semi; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; all the best; ...
Have at it! Link is in #1

FREEP THIS POLL ***PING!*** FRmail me if you want to be added or removed from the Fearless Poll-Freeping Freepers Ping list. (multiple votes using multiple internetz devices are allowed!) And be sure to ping me to any polls that need Freepin', if I miss them. (looks like a medium volume list) (gordongekko909, founder of the pinglist, stays on the list until his ghost signs up for the list)

15 posted on 02/24/2013 11:23:24 AM PST by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: EveningStar

Since Tinkerbell isn’t on the list I’m going with obol.


16 posted on 02/24/2013 11:27:14 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: EveningStar

If Pluto is not a Planet, how can she have a Moon?


17 posted on 02/24/2013 11:32:37 AM PST by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)
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To: EveningStar
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18 posted on 02/24/2013 11:41:04 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: granite
Fascinating!

Dumb, IMO. Those people must be completely unaware of the Greco/Roman mythology of Hephaestus/Vulcan.

Listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson on why he removed Pluto from the Solar system display at the Hayden Planetarium, his reasoning was that if Pluto was put in the same orbit as the Earth, it would "melt" away.

Why then, would any educated person want to associate such a property (assuming said moon is like Pluto) with the mythological blacksmith that worked with fire and iron?

19 posted on 02/24/2013 11:44:48 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: bigheadfred

They look like this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77BBHjU_tOE


20 posted on 02/24/2013 11:49:09 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: dynachrome

Welcome back!

I picked Orpheus but my phone won’t show the results. I like that he went to Hell and back.


21 posted on 02/24/2013 11:56:43 AM PST by AZ .44 MAG (Repeal Obama)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Dagnubit. I guess if I want to see green people I gotta take a cruise.


22 posted on 02/24/2013 11:57:09 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: EveningStar

Aren’t the moons of planets in the solar system—besides Earth—usually given Greek names? Instead of Vulcan, call it Hephaestus.


23 posted on 02/24/2013 11:59:09 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: EveningStar
“Barak” would be the most fitting for any moon of Uranus.
24 posted on 02/24/2013 12:12:25 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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To: EveningStar
It seems like every possible mythological name has been applied to some chunk of rock somewhere in the solar system.

Even moons have named moons. Astronomers even had to leave the Greeks and Romans behind and pillage Norse mythology for names. It's funny they didn't get around to Vulcan.

I'd save "Vulcan" for some place very hot as it comes from the blacksmith to the gods, the god of fire and volcanoes.

Or alternatively -- I'd use it for the undiscovered planet on the other side of the sun that has the exact orbital pattern of earth.

25 posted on 02/24/2013 12:14:04 PM PST by x
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To: humblegunner

Vulcan was a warm-hot planet


26 posted on 02/24/2013 12:18:55 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: real saxophonist

Maybe Pluto can be Vulcan’s moon.


27 posted on 02/24/2013 1:21:53 PM PST by fhayek
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To: EveningStar

Had to go with Persephone, Pluto’s wife. Interestingly, according to the standard convention, I believe that Charon probably should’ve been name Persephone (or some variation), but the discoverer chose the ferryman because he was actually naming it after his own wife (who was Charlene, or something like that, it’s been a while since I read this.)


28 posted on 02/24/2013 2:08:26 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: EveningStar

whoever these supposed sci-fi fans are, they’re idiots

spock’s ‘vulcan’ was a very warm planet and was most likely a high gravity planet, as vulcans are supposed to be much stronger then humans. therefore, vulcan would have to be a large, warm planet... not a tiny frozen rock.

sci-fi poll fail


29 posted on 02/24/2013 2:10:15 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

How about naming it Hoth? Or Mongo, or Curios? Still like the Idea of calling “Planet X” Xenia and her Moon Gabrilla.


30 posted on 02/24/2013 2:57:59 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Calvin Locke
Fascinating!
31 posted on 02/24/2013 4:15:24 PM PST by granite (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left - Ecclest 10:2)
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To: mnehring

At one point the name Vulcan was used for a hypothetical planet which some people believed was orbiting the sun closer in than Mercury. Even though now no one believes that that planet exists, it might be a good idea to save the name and not use it for a different category of object.


32 posted on 02/24/2013 5:22:49 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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