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A Hubble Space Telescope search for possible rings around Pluto has turned up a diminutive fourth moon orbiting the dwarf planet. Pluto's moon P4 seen in grainy Hubble image. Pic: NASA The body, temporarily dubbed P4, joins Charon, Hydra and Nix in the family circling the icy world. NASA says P4 is around 8 to 21 miles (13 to …

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Coat

Obi-Wan says

That's no moon...

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Alien

Plutonium

Did anyone else read that as plutonium? Almost sounded exciting...

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Mushroom

not possible

You can't have a Plutonium moon, it would blow up.

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Coat

That would depend on

the specific density of the plutonium. Also, if it were manufactured and the plutonium were shielded by Politicium, it would also be stable. Because nothing is denser than Politicium, not even pure neutronium.

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Alien

Plutonian Ice and Molases

New flavour of icecream? At -240 deg centigrade, it may be a bit cold in the mouth.

Still sounds better than the tunafish flavour favoured by Kzinti in one Larry Niven story

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IT Angle

So wretched commentards....

What do you think the name should be for this extremely small moon?

I'm going with "munchkin" personally, due to its size.

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Trollface

How about

WP7 due to the size of it's market share

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Gordon.

Due to the expected combined intelligence to be found on P4.

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Alien

P4 stands for Pentium 4

Imagine the overclocking you could do at -240 ambient temperature

On the other hand, imagine the overclocking you would NEED to do to stay warm enough

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Pluto jnr. obviously

Since the planet is obviously named after the Disney character ;)

Going classical on astronomy's ass; perhaps Alecto, daughter of Pluto (the god, not the dog)?

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Happy

It should be called

Gromit. Small dog with an interest in moons, obvious innit?

p.s. I do like a bit of gorgonzola.

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Trollface

Rupert

Partly in celebration of the famous planet in THHGTTG, partly because it's probably where Mr. Murdoch would rather be at the moment.

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and of course he is feeling that cold and lonely

so thumbs up to that name

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Ooooh good call

We should rename the whole Plutonian system with Rupert at the centre orbited by James, Rebekah, Andy and Call Me Dave.

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Anonymous Coward

Planet?

I must be behind the times here - has Pluto been re-reclassified back to planetary status? I thought it was a Kuiper Belt object?

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Dwarf planet

A sort of second-class citizen of the solar system. If you want my opinion, it keeps having all these satellites just so's it can mooch off social security without getting deported.

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Coat

Seagoon: "Why did you name it P4?"

Bluebottle: "Because we saw it P4 anyone else!"

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Where is Sam Gunn

when you need him?

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Minnie's dog...

...is named Fifi. So should P4, since it's Pluto's bitch.

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Headmaster

Dwarf planet

Currently, I understand, the second largest dwarf planet in the Solar System (after Eris).

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we can't call it a planet...

but it has more moons than any other solid body in the solar system....

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Trollface

It already *had* more moons that any other solid body in the solar system

So, what's your point again? 8 planets or 14+ planets, choose? But bear in mind that 14 is probably the lower bound.

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Four moons?

Yep, that's a planet, not some minor league Kupier Belt thing-a-ma-bob. Time for the IAU to rectify their mistake.

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To Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute:

You're a scientist, dammit! STOP USING MILES! Use a proper, scientific measuring system FFS.

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Alien

Pluto's a planet

and Uranus is pronounced 'yer anus'.

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Anonymous Coward

If...

Pluto isn't big enough to be a planet then are it's stellites big enough to be called satelites?

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well, it's finally clear

Pluto isn't a planet. It's a star.

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