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Non Life Sciences => Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology => Topic started by: neilep on 29/11/2018 19:33:11

Title: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: neilep on 29/11/2018 19:33:11
Dearest Klevur Peeps,

We all luff ya.

As a sheepy i of course spend all my waking hours at night looking at the stars, the fact that I am mostly lying on my back has baaaabsolutely nuffink to do with it !!

During the day I do laps of my latest backyard telescope which next Tuesday I'm converting to a wok. So, I'm walking da wok ! lol.....ha ha ha....le sigh !!

As ewe can see in this genuine bona-fide non-doctored piccy taken just a few moments ago that I will be cooking lots of stir fry next Tuesday.

(https://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=75562.0;attach=28500;image)
Genuine non doctored bona fide image a few moments ago!!

Anyway, there i was enjoying a view of the moon last night and I wondered, "if da moon had a moon...would it also be called a Moon ? "

whajafink ?

what are moons of moons called ?


Hope ewe can help. A tickle of my sheepy tummy and some brown matted brown "exit" wool to the winner.


hugs et les shmishes


Neil
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I'm trying to establish nomenclature
Of a Moon with with a Moon in nature
Is it called a moon or a satellite ?
Or a moon with an orbiting dollop of shite ?

lol
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Halc on 29/11/2018 21:18:07
There seems to be no formal name as of yet, and may not be until one is discovered.
Informally, the terms submoon or moonmoon seem to be in current use.

I like your totally non-doctored image.  Never know what the live-cam will catch...
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Bored chemist on 29/11/2018 21:21:51
Well, the Earth is a "moon" of the Sun, so it seems a moon's moon's a "moon".
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Janus on 29/11/2018 21:22:18
I guess it depends on where you are counting from.  Planets are considered primary satellites of the Sun, which would make moon's of those planets, secondary satellites of the Sun, or "sub-satellites".  Satellites of the Moons would be tertiary satellites of the Sun (sub-sub-satellites), or sub-satellites of the planet.   I guess sub-moon would be as good a term as any for a natural satellite of a moon.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Bill S on 29/11/2018 22:40:32
In honour of the sheepish nature of the OP, I would suggest a "Moo-Moon". 
OK; wrong creature, but all in the same farm yard.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: chris on 01/12/2018 11:03:25
@neilep you always ask the greatest questions!
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: alancalverd on 03/12/2018 10:15:24
A moon's moon is a rock.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Ophiolite on 04/12/2018 23:04:24
Moonlet would work. Then poets could speak of a moonlit moonlet.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: Halc on 05/12/2018 02:10:46
Moonlet would work. Then poets could speak of a moonlit moonlet.
I think that would be a moonletlit night.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: geordief on 05/12/2018 13:46:16
Or one might be up the proverbial s***y  moonlet without a paddle  on an unmoonletlit night.
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: yor_on on 05/12/2018 17:42:24
I think muon is already taken?
Maybe Muuon?
Title: Re: What is a moon of a moon called?
Post by: set fair on 10/12/2018 10:40:24
New to the forum and afraid that a QI style claxton will sound if I give the answer Neil is angling after, and the prize is not enough. So I will just say this.