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Plutonian craters to be named after Star Trek characters
astrobites ^ | Apr 2, 2015 | Ruth Angus

Posted on 08/31/2018 11:33:46 PM PDT by vannrox

n July of this year (2015), NASA’s New Horizons mission will fly past Pluto and its moons. It will map the surface of the Plutonian system in unprecedented detail, revealing craters and other surface features for the first time. In preparation for the deluge of newly discovered craters, mountains, crevasses and other surface features, Mamajek et al. discuss a naming system for Pluto and its moons.

Pluto is one of the last large planetesimals in the Solar system to have its surface imaged in detail. Pluto’s surface features will reveal the history of its life in the alien conditions at the outer-most edge of our Solar system. The images on the right were taken by the Hubble space telescope. They show Pluto’s surface at different times during a single rotation. Fuzzy blobs of colour hint at interesting surface features.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is pretty strict about naming conventions. To name anything in the Solar system you have to submit a naming request which goes through an approval stage. They wouldn’t, for example, like the surface features of pluto to be named after the discoverer’s cats.

When Pluto was discovered back in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, it was named, as was traditional, after a Roman deity: Pluto, the god of the underworld. To continue along the hell theme, the IAU states that the surface features of Pluto should be named after “Underworld deities”. But how many of those can there be? Won’t we run out pretty quickly? And what about different classes and sub-classes of surface features? Take Triton, for example. It’s a moon of Neptune and, arguably the most Pluto-like object in the inner Solar system. On Triton’s surface (which has already been imaged), there are 12 different classes of surface feature. In this white paper,

(Excerpt) Read more at astrobites.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; clydetombaugh; names; nasa; newhorizons; ninthplanet; planet9fromos; pluto; science; scifi; star; thefinalfrontier; trek; xplanets
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1 posted on 08/31/2018 11:33:46 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: SunkenCiv

It’s a few years old, but new for FR. Enjoy.


2 posted on 08/31/2018 11:34:27 PM PDT by vannrox (The Preamble to the Bill of Rights - without it, our Bill of Rights is meaningless!)
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3 posted on 08/31/2018 11:42:04 PM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: vannrox

Red shirt ......Plateau? Canyon? no...red shirt crater - where meteorites go to die....


4 posted on 08/31/2018 11:43:18 PM PDT by reed13k
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To: vannrox

It is interesting that they would name a planet after Mickey Mouse’s dog.


5 posted on 08/31/2018 11:55:56 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Trump is fixing the world's problems just to distract us from Russia.)
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To: vannrox

Are they going to name one after “Yeoman Janice Rand’’( hubba hubba!) aka Actress Grace Lee Whitney?


6 posted on 09/01/2018 12:07:01 AM PDT by jmacusa (Made it Ma, top of the world!'')
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To: UnwashedPeasant

I thought that it was the other way around. The planet came first, then the cartoon dog.


7 posted on 09/01/2018 1:03:31 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: vannrox

They named the back hole “Sulu.”


8 posted on 09/01/2018 1:20:00 AM PDT by Rastus
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Sulu’s is on Uranus.


9 posted on 09/01/2018 1:30:44 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: vannrox

Earthcentric bias with planetoid stereotyping!!


10 posted on 09/01/2018 3:58:56 AM PDT by Vlad The Inhaler
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To: vannrox

Pluto, the god of the underworld


FWIW - Pluto, the Roman version of the Old Kingdom Egyptian god: Sokar, Guardian of the Underworld, who later merged with another god to become Osiris ... and so on


11 posted on 09/01/2018 4:43:27 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: jmacusa

... or Jeri Ryan (”two of 38”)


12 posted on 09/01/2018 5:05:34 AM PDT by eCSMaster (A woman's right to choose: except for rape, she can choose NOT to have sex.)
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To: vannrox

How does one decide which crater has the most swagger? You can’t assign Kirk to some lesser hole, although in a pinch he’ll settle for a green one.


13 posted on 09/01/2018 5:15:56 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (In God We Trust, In Trump We MAGA)
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To: vannrox
New Horizons took some awesome pictures of Pluto. But none were as stunning as this one:


14 posted on 09/01/2018 5:22:22 AM PDT by DoodleBob
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To: jmcenanly

Uh... I think that was a joke.


15 posted on 09/01/2018 5:33:08 AM PDT by ExpatCanuck (The)
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To: Slyfox
I used to own a Pontiac Transport. We called it the Galileo.


16 posted on 09/01/2018 5:42:01 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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It is interesting that they would name a planet after Mickey Mouse’s dog.

If they could name one "Uranus," they could name one anything.

17 posted on 09/01/2018 5:58:20 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: eCSMaster

They should also name a pair of mountains Mansfield.


18 posted on 09/01/2018 7:07:12 AM PDT by null and void (McCain is dead but his ego lives on.)
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To: P.O.E.

That’s funny. Too bad they didn’t have Star Trek sunshades back then.


19 posted on 09/01/2018 7:41:10 AM PDT by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: vannrox

Tribble Trench ?


20 posted on 09/01/2018 7:43:51 AM PDT by butlerweave
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