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Recently discovered satellite of Uranus denied moon status
Associated Press ^ | 12/28/2001 10:07 pm ET | Associated Press

Posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:26 AM PST by mdittmar

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) A space rock just 25 miles across has failed to win recognition as the 21st moon of the planet Uranus.

The object was seen for the first and only time in 1999, when University of Arizona, Tucson astronomer Erich Karkoschka spied it in a series of 300 images taken of Uranus by the Voyager 2 spacecraft 13 years earlier.

The object was given the provisional name of S/1986 U 10.

However, the International Astronomical Union, the sole group charged with naming new solar system objects such as moons, has passed over the would-be moon.

The IAU wants a Hubble Space Telescope image of the object before it is satisfied the rock actually exists, according to The Planetary Society, a space exploration advocacy group.

Uranus has 20 confirmed moons that all take their names from characters in the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.

There are 90 known moons in the solar system, excluding the handful that orbit asteroids. Saturn has the most, with 30 moons.


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I saw this headline and immediatly thought 'Lawsuit'

Scary.

1 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:26 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
This sucks!

I say we FReep 'em until they squeal!

2 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:26 AM PST by Ken H
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To: mdittmar
I'm sure the International Star Registry will be happy to name this moon after anyone you choose and record it in book form for all eternity.
3 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:26 AM PST by tbeatty
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To: mdittmar
Poor Uranus. Not only is it the most mispronounced planet in the solar system, a planet whose name elicits giggles from school children, but now even her moons are getting dissed!

An ourage, I tell you!

4 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:26 AM PST by Drew68
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To: mdittmar
I won't make the obvious joke about Uranus and Moon being in the same title.

Honest, I won't.

5 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by randog
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To: mdittmar
So, there's a rock orbiting Uranus. That's a whole lot more than I wanted to know.

Ok, go ahead, slap me down. It's midnight on the east coast and I'm taking a break from writing sappy poetry. Let the beatings commence.

6 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Kalashnikov_68
Poor Uranus

That's funny I thought Uranus was a planet.

7 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by Valin
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To: mdittmar
"S/1986 U 10": The Rodney Dangerfield of the solar system.
8 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: mdittmar
Every time I read about Uranus, I bust out laughing. Can't help myself.
9 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by exit82
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To: mdittmar
Capt. Kirk is orbiting Uranus looking for Klingons.
10 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:28 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: mdittmar
A space rock just 25 miles across has failed to win recognition as the 21st moon of the planet Uranus.

Its not big enough for Uranus.

11 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: Ken H
This sucks!

You are thinking of Jupiter!

12 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by Nitro
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To: mdittmar

There's a Joke in here somewhere..

13 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: mdittmar
Will man ever travel to Uranus?
14 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by NC_Libertarian
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To: mdittmar
What's the problem, it's been a longstanding fact, that
too much moon can ruin the sanctity of Uranus.

 

15 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by Deep_6
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To: mdittmar
It was probably denied moon status because of its pro-life stance.
16 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: Kalashnikov_68
I must admit, I am over 40 and I haven't giggled ever, but I will chuckle from time to time!

What does toilet paper have in common with the USS Enterprise?

17 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:29 AM PST by Nitro
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To: mdittmar
Why don't they name it after Jesse Jackson, there's a
moon of Uranus, if I ever saw one.
18 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:30 AM PST by Deep_6
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To: Jhoffa_
See #17
19 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:30 AM PST by Nitro
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To: mdittmar
However, the International Astronomical Union, the sole group charged with naming new solar system objects such as moons, has passed over the would-be moon.

I think the IAU is being a little too anal retentive.

20 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:30 AM PST by VoiceOfBruck
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To: tbeatty
I'm sure the International Star Registry will be happy to name this moon after anyone you choose and record it in book form for all eternity.

Would you really like someone named after some small thing around Uranus?

21 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:30 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: mdittmar
It's just a hemorrhoid (small asteroid) of Uranus.
22 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:31 AM PST by Consort
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To: Nitro
What does toilet paper have in common with the USS Enterprise?

They both cruise around Uranus picking up Klingons!!

23 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:31 AM PST by Nitro
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To: Nitro
Oh my..
24 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:31 AM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: mdittmar
Did you know that there is a ring around Uranus?


25 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:31 AM PST by AF68
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To: Jhoffa_
You had to know this one, no?
26 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:34 AM PST by Nitro
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To: Focault's Pendulum
Would you really like someone named after some small thing around Uranus?

I called ISR and the original name for this moon was "Dingleberry" but I had it renamed "Clinton" for a small fee.

27 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:34 AM PST by tbeatty
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To: mdittmar
is it a case of Orbital Profiling?
28 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:34 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: DainBramage
25 miles across?!? That's no moon. Hell it doesn't even qualify for the navel lint status.
29 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:34 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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I knew this would turn into a sick joke fest.

Thank you one and all.

Ha,ha,he,hee,hee.

30 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:36 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: NC_Libertarian
Watch your mouth, you fresh thing.
31 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:37 AM PST by 3catsanadog
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To: tbeatty
I called ISR and the original name for this moon was "Dingleberry" but I had it renamed "Clinton" for a small fee.

I actually have a star with my real name listed with the registry. It was a birthday present some years ago, from my ex.

I later found out she had it changed......can't be printed here, unfortunately.

32 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:37 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: mdittmar
Does this mean Uranus has no moon? I thought Uranus WAS a moon.
33 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:37 AM PST by IronJack
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To: mdittmar
Does this mean Uranus has no moon? I thought Uranus WAS a moon.
34 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:37 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Kalashnikov_68
"Not only is it the most mispronounced planet in the solar system, a planet whose name elicits giggles from school children, but now even her moons are getting dissed!"

There is at least one city or town in the U.S. named after each planet--including Earth--but excluding the unfortunate Uranus.

--Boris

35 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:39 AM PST by boris
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To: mdittmar
However, the International Astronomical Union, the sole group charged with naming new solar system objects such as moons, has passed over the would-be moon.

I guess it didn't pass the smell test?

36 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:39 AM PST by brityank
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To: brityank
HA,That's great!
37 posted on 12/29/2001 12:18:40 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: AF68
Not enough toilet paper.
38 posted on 12/29/2001 12:19:29 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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