Jupiter now has 63, our count thread was up to 60 a couple years ago.Originally Posted by Sticks
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:Originally Posted by A Thousand Pardons
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.Originally Posted by Sticks
One could argue that Saturn has millions of "moons" in its rings if we are not willing to draw a line somewhere.
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.
Could you please copy-paste the article here? I can't open the URL above since BBC was banned by the government.Originally Posted by Sticks
Wouldn't that be A-steroids?Originally Posted by Tensor
A-Hem!Originally Posted by TravisM
Some what's between Mars and Jupiter is a bunch of anabolics?
Just goes to show the wisdom of Aaron on the side of caution.
That would be against the rules of this forumOriginally Posted by yaohua2000
Check your Private Messages.Originally Posted by yaohua2000
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.
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*
Naming the moons of Saturn will soon be like naming American states. I think I can do it. Here goes:
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
Missing two. Hmm. Colorado and Alabama.
Now someone did it for Saturn's moon.