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Pluto’s Newly-Discovered Moons Get Names

July 12th, 2013 - 6:48 am

That's No Planetoid

That settles it. Pluto is a planet, dammit.

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If you have more (natural!) satellites than the inner planets combined...*you* might be a planet! Perhaps the "dynamicism" caucus of the IAU will take note.

Or not.
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Ok, Pluto, God of the Underworld, and Charon, the boatman. Fine. The river Styx, fine. Kerberos the thtree-headed guard dog, ok.

Hydra? Is Jason around somewhere? And who's this Nix guy?
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In mythology, Nyx is the goddess of the night. Among her many offspring was Charon, the boatman who ferried the dead across the river Styx into the underworld. Because asteroid 3908 already bears the Greek name Nyx, the IAU changed Nyx to its Egyptian equivalent, Nix. The mythological Hydra was a nine-headed serpent with poisonous blood. The Hydra had its den at the entrance to Hades, where Pluto and his wife Persephone were supposed to have entered the Underworld.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/plutos_moons.html

FWIW, I knew the night one....
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Stevie, I think.
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I guess since they're so far away no backyard telescope will ever be able to view them. We'll never see hicks' pix of Nix and Styx.
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