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28876.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 7:47 am Reply with quote

i asked a friend the question from the show about how many moons the earth has and they are persistent in arguing it and demanding proof, can someone please give me something to throw in her face please?

28950.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:50 pm Reply with quote

I'll fed-ex you a shoe if you ask nicely.

28954.  Sun Oct 30, 2005 5:52 pm Reply with quote

There's some discussion of this topic on a thread called 'Moons', which starts at post 10808. The link to Queen's University (which used to run animations of the orbits of the co-orbital objects) seems to be dead, but there are many other places on the web to find information; a good start would be the Wikipedia entry for Cruithne, here. You will see that it is not really accurate to describe these Near-Earth Asteroids as 'moons' of the Earth, which is a point we make whenever we mention them on the show.

29035.  Mon Oct 31, 2005 9:00 am Reply with quote

So you're saying Alan was wrongly penalised when he claimed that the Earth only has one moon?

Will this injustice be redressed at some point in the future? Perhaps he could be given the points back in a later show to help his ailing scoreline :)

29121.  Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:24 pm Reply with quote

Just for reference what are the names of the other 3 arguable moons?

29123.  Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:35 pm Reply with quote

(54509) 2000 PH5, (85770) 1998 UP1 and 2002 AA29

I hope this helps.

29133.  Mon Oct 31, 2005 6:27 pm Reply with quote

Well they're going to get teased at moon school. Don't the parent bodies think?


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