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Sticks
2005-May-04, 02:14 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)

A Thousand Pardons
2005-May-04, 03:05 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)
Jupiter now has 63, our count thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=74247#74247) was up to 60 a couple years ago.

So, is Saturn the Maris, McGwire, Sosa, or Bonds of moons?

Tensor
2005-May-04, 03:09 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)
Jupiter now has 63, our count thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=74247#74247) was up to 60 a couple years ago.

So, is Saturn the Maris, McGwire, Sosa, or Bonds of moons?

I would have to say Maris. After all, Jupiter had to have taken steroids to bulk up as much as it has. :wink:

baric
2005-May-04, 03:17 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)

So why don't we formally distinguish between moons that accreted with the planet and floating rocks that formed elsewhere and were captured by the planet's gravity? As some point the moon-counting exercise becomes pointless, if it isn't already.

One could argue that Saturn has millions of "moons" in its rings if we are not willing to draw a line somewhere.

John Kierein
2005-May-04, 03:23 PM
Doesn't say if they are in the ring plane; but I'd guess probably not if they are captured and heading in the opposite direction as others.

yaohua2000
2005-May-04, 03:45 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)

Could you please copy-paste the article here? I can't open the URL above since BBC was banned by the government.

TravisM
2005-May-04, 03:54 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)
Jupiter now has 63, our count thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=74247#74247) was up to 60 a couple years ago.

So, is Saturn the Maris, McGwire, Sosa, or Bonds of moons?

I would have to say Maris. After all, Jupiter had to have taken steroids to bulk up as much as it has. :wink:

Wouldn't that be A-steroids? :D

Maksutov
2005-May-04, 04:06 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)
Jupiter now has 63, our count thread (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=74247#74247) was up to 60 a couple years ago.

So, is Saturn the Maris, McGwire, Sosa, or Bonds of moons?

I would have to say Maris. After all, Jupiter had to have taken steroids to bulk up as much as it has. :wink:

Wouldn't that be A-steroids? :D
A-Hem!

:D =D>

Some what's between Mars and Jupiter is a bunch of anabolics?

:-k

Just goes to show the wisdom of Aaron on the side of caution.

Sticks
2005-May-04, 04:10 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)

Could you please copy-paste the article here? I can't open the URL above since BBC was banned by the government.

That would be against the rules of this forum

Doodler
2005-May-04, 04:52 PM
As reported on the BBC site (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4511715.stm)

Could you please copy-paste the article here? I can't open the URL above since BBC was banned by the government.

Check your Private Messages.


Added: Just my opinion, but 3-7km is still a pretty sizable chunk of real estate, and certainly larger than some of the glorified rubble that gets satellite credit in the Jupiter system.

Van Rijn
2005-May-04, 07:19 PM
As I grew up, I "knew" Jupiter had 12 moons and Saturn had 9. That had been true for many years, well known since before I was born.

Then Pioneer and Voyager had to come along and mess all that up. More than once, the numbers changed overnight. I don't even try to keep count these days. *sigh*

Glom
2005-May-04, 07:23 PM
Naming the moons of Saturn will soon be like naming American states. I think I can do it. Here goes:

Maine
Vermont
New Hampshire
Conneticut
Rhode Island
Massechussetts
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
Pennsylvania
Maryland
North Carolina
South Carolina
Virginia
West Virginia
Georgia
Florida
Louisiana
Arkansas
Tennessee
Mississippi
Missouri
Kentucky
Indiana
Illinois
Michigan
Ohio
Iowa
Minnesota
Wisconsin
North Dakota
South Dakota
Nebraska
Oklahama
Kansas
Texas
New Mexico
Arizona
Nevada
Utah
California
Oregon
Wyoming
Idaho
Montana
Washington
Alaska
Hawaii

Missing two. Hmm. Colorado and Alabama.

Now someone did it for Saturn's moon.