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  1. 01 Mar '15 13:38
    I didn't know this!

    http://phys.org/news/2015-02-earth-moon-crazy-orbit-reveal.html
  2. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    01 Mar '15 15:20
    Yes, but since it is in orbit around the Sun rather than the Earth it is technically not a moon of Earth's. Another case of phys.org sacrificing precision for a nice headline I think.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne
  3. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    01 Mar '15 16:08
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Yes, but since it is in orbit around the Sun rather than the Earth it is technically not a moon of Earth's. Another case of phys.org sacrificing precision for a nice headline I think.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne
    Yeah, saw that. It orbits the sun just like Earth and is just in some kind of sync with Earth but I wouldn't call it a moon.
  4. 01 Mar '15 16:47
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    Yes, but since it is in orbit around the Sun rather than the Earth it is technically not a moon of Earth's. Another case of phys.org sacrificing precision for a nice headline I think.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne
    Not to mention that it's pretty old news. QI took gave someone (Alan, presumably) the claxon years and years ago for claiming that the Earth has only one moon, citing Qwuifny
    Who comes up with these newfangled names!? Give me proper, Old Greek ones any day.
    as number 2; and then, a couple of years ago, found themselves moved to give them back because it's not actually a moon.
    News flash, this just in: Earth has one, count'em, 1, moon - and a whole bargeload of random captured rocks and a few oscillating bodies. But one (one!) proper moon.
  5. 01 Mar '15 18:19 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    . Another case of phys.org sacrificing precision for a nice headline I think.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3753_Cruithne
    unfortunately, yes.
    Nice graphics though on those links.
  6. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    01 Mar '15 18:57
    Originally posted by humy
    unfortunately, yes.
    Nice graphics though on those links.
    Hey, Pluto is a PLANET! sheesh
  7. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    02 Mar '15 18:09
    Originally posted by coquette
    Hey, Pluto is a PLANET! sheesh
    We're working on it Don't forget the other dwarf's are Ceres, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. That last one spins about every 4 hours and is about the size of Pluto and has two known moons but the planet is more peanut shaped because of the stretching caused by the rapid spin.
  8. 03 Mar '15 09:04 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by coquette
    Hey, Pluto is a PLANET! sheesh
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto says a lot about of Pluto.
    The understanding that Pluto is only one of several large icy bodies in the outer Solar System prompted the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to formally define "planet" in 2006. This definition excluded Pluto and reclassified it as a member of the new "dwarf planet" category (and specifically as a plutoid).
  9. 03 Mar '15 09:05 / 2 edits
    Please, remove this...
  10. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    03 Mar '15 11:46
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    Please, remove this...
    This what?
  11. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    04 Mar '15 17:17
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    This what?
    It must have been removed.