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  •  This is so cool (5+ / 0-)
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    Xan, DarkSyde, jwinIL14, JeffW, palantir

    And it is a wonderfully educating distraction from the economic misery of everyday life.

    I suspect that, on flyby, Pluto will also prove to have a half-dozen or so smaller moons, as has occurred with all of the other outer planets so far.  Then again, it's nowhere near as gravitationally-influential as its gas giant peers, so who knows?

    " ... or a baby's arm holding an apple!"

    by Lavocat on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 06:53:39 AM PST

    •  You (6+ / 0-)

      might well be right about the moons. Just guessing, but while gas giants surely capture moons with greater ease due to their greater mass, those captured objects aren't always in stable orbits and I bet a bunch of em eventually end up in the broiling clouds like Shoemaker-Levy 9, or in relatively short-lived, on astronomical time scales anyway, rings.

      Read UTI, your free thought forum

      by DarkSyde on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 06:57:43 AM PST

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