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Buttercup
2009-Mar-25, 12:44 PM
I'm going to suggest Eep Opp. :lol: That's a Jet Screamer song/Jetsons reference (sort of) you know. ;)

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090325.html

I'd sort of forgotten about Orcus.


Orcus and Pluto have similar orbits: each achieves nearly the same maximum and minimum distances from the Sun, each orbits on a similarly shaped ellipse, and each orbital ellipse is tilted toward the other planets' orbital ellipse by roughly the same angle. The great mass of Neptune causes each to circle the Sun twice for every three Neptune orbits. Orcus is like an anti-Pluto, however, because the two objects always remain across the Solar System from each other.


Until the end of next week, the discoverers of Orcus ask for your help in naming its newly discovered moon.

Link included.

EDG
2009-Mar-25, 05:26 PM
Duh. It's got to be "Demogorgon"...!

(the D&D players out there will know what I'm talking about ;) )

eburacum45
2009-Mar-25, 05:31 PM
Or Ades.

er...
how about Malorkus?

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-25, 09:29 PM
I'd sort of forgotten about Orcus.Hadn't we all?...




Orcus' wife was Proserpina (Persephone), so would seem an obvious choice.Here, here. Arthur C. Clarke hinted at a tenth planet called "Persephone" in some of his novels. The best candidate has already been named "Eris", but Orcus' moon would be a nice second best.

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-25, 09:40 PM
Demeter. She was certainly opposed to Pluto after he kidnapped her daughter.

Ilya
2009-Mar-27, 01:29 AM
Duh. It's got to be "Demogorgon"...!

(the D&D players out there will know what I'm talking about ;) )

If you read the comments on Mike Brown's article, quite a few people suggested Demogorgon. Including me -- although I sent him an e-mail instead of posting.

Ronald Brak
2009-Mar-27, 02:14 AM
Colbert.

Dgennero
2009-Mar-27, 03:03 PM
I mailed him the suggestion Cerberus, the three-headed helldog that guards the underworld.

parallaxicality
2009-Mar-27, 08:05 PM
I suggested Mani, minor Etruscan death gods that were incorporated into Roman mythology. I wonder how many entrants he'll have recieved by next week.

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-27, 08:13 PM
The correct plural is Manes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manes).

Mani (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_(prophet)) was someone else entirely.

parallaxicality
2009-Mar-27, 09:54 PM
Well, yeah, but the name is singular.

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-27, 09:56 PM
Well, yeah, but the name is singular.Which name? Manes is plural, I believe.

AndreasJ
2009-Mar-27, 10:25 PM
Well, yeah, but the name is singular.

AFAIK manes exists only in the plural, but if there was a singular it would be manis.

parallaxicality
2009-Mar-27, 10:37 PM
"Mani" was the original Etruscan term. It may actually be plural, I'm not sure. The alternate, probably singular form was "man", which didn't seem like a very useful name for a moon. I looked for the Latin singular; I assumed it would be "Manis" but I couldn't be sure. But yes, "Manis" would have been better.

publiusr
2009-Mar-30, 05:44 PM
I rather like this: Avernus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avernus

Two great sounds that sound great together --" Orcus and Avernus "

AndreasJ
2009-Mar-31, 11:57 AM
"Mani" was the original Etruscan term. It may actually be plural, I'm not sure.
Ah. Looking round the 'Net I find an Etruscan word list (http://www.iolairweb.co.uk/etrusdict.htm) which translates both mani and man as "the dead", presumably in a plural sense. For man it also offers "tomb, grave, gravestone, monument".

(It does strike me as odd that an Etruscan plural in -i should yield a Latin one in -es when -i too is a common Latin plural ending, but then I know next to nothing of how Etruscan loans were usually treated in early Latin.)

jokergirl
2009-Mar-31, 03:12 PM
I suggested Styx, one of the rivers of the underworld (iirc Persephone was taken by something somewhere else...)

;)

Buttercup
2009-Mar-31, 03:35 PM
I rather like this: Avernus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avernus

Two great sounds that sound great together --" Orcus and Avernus "

I like it. :D

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-31, 06:55 PM
iirc Persephone was taken by something somewhere else...There's already an asteroid named Persephone, but the IAU could do a switch, or simply ignore the duplication. Who cares what some obscure asteroid is called? Most of them have numbers anyway. :)

Buttercup
2009-Mar-31, 07:32 PM
Someone elsewhere suggested "Morcus." :rolleyes: That gentleman lives abroad. Can't recall his reasoning...but I can't help thinking he was joking (though he seemed serious), considering "Mork from Ork." Morcus/Orcus. :lol:

laurele
2009-Apr-01, 05:05 AM
Duh. It's got to be "Demogorgon"...!

(the D&D players out there will know what I'm talking about ;) )

As a D&D player, I recommended looking to version 3.5 for name ideas. This version has six Monster Manuals plus whole books featuring classes of creatures such as demons, devils, undead, aberrations, frost monsters, etc.

loglo
2009-Apr-04, 06:52 PM
It should be named after a war-god considering the ruckus Planet Pluto fans have been making lately. Is there a god of bickering? :D

KaiYeves
2009-Apr-05, 06:06 PM
Discord would be Eris, but there's already a dwarf planet Eris.

eugenek
2009-Apr-06, 01:54 PM
Rupert.

Eventually, someone has to name one of these objects Rupert.

Ilya
2009-Apr-07, 12:09 AM
Well, Mike Brown made his choice: Vanth (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2009/04/orcus-porcus.html), Etruscan goddess of death

Van Rijn
2009-Apr-09, 10:15 PM
Well, Mike Brown made his choice: Vanth (http://www.mikebrownsplanets.com/2009/04/orcus-porcus.html), Etruscan goddess of death

From his post on suggestions, I thought this was amusing:


Un related. People, don’t even start with me. Colbert? Seriously? When people were talking about my discovery of Eris did Stephen Colbert have me on his show? No, he did not. He instead had Neil Tyson. When Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet did Stephen Colbert have me on his show? No, he did not. He instead had Neil Tyson. When Neil Tyson wrote a book about the demotion of Pluto did Stephen Colbert have me on his show? No, he did not. He instead had, well he had Neil Tyson. People, I have this to say: Stephen Colbert is dead to me. And I don’t mean “dead” in a “now-that-he’s-dead-and-in-Hades-hanging-out-with-Orcus-I-can-name-the-satellite-after-him” sort of way, either.

Of course, Colbert never was a serious suggestion, and was no doubt prompted by the ISS thing.

I expect Colbert has Tyson on a lot because he gets good ratings, but I can see how the discoverer of a world bigger than Pluto might get a bit annoyed seeing other people getting the limelight.

TampaDude
2009-Apr-12, 04:01 AM
Duh. It's got to be "Demogorgon"...!

(the D&D players out there will know what I'm talking about ;) )

Is the orbit "chaotic"? ;)

parallaxicality
2009-Apr-12, 01:26 PM
No, it's lawuf, but it's EEEEVIL....