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Utter lunacy? Moonmoon naming proposal for moons of moons proves divisive

Astronomers think its possible that moons can have their own mini-moon – but the scientific suggestion that they should be called moonmoons is not going down well among those with a more poetic inclination.

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The term moonmoons started with astrophysicist Duncan Forgan, reports ScienceAlert, who has written a paper awaiting publishing on the topic.

Instead of moonmoon, @dh4gan, I think we should just add os for each extra body in the system, thus:

?? moon

??? mooon

???? moooon

— Space Archaeology (@spacearcheology) October 12, 2018

More recently, astronomers Juna Kollmeier and Sean Raymond wrote their own paper describing how moonmoons could actually be possible. However, they opted for a slightly less ridiculous, but equally disappointing, name of submoon.

Twitter users in particular are very displeased at the missed opportunity to name something that is not technically even a thing right now, but very well might be confirmed as a thing in the future.

There are at least 17 poets who have been waiting their whole lives for the chance to name the moon of a moon and then scientists just mess around and call it a moonmoon. This is exactly why STEM fields need more arts and humanities education.

— Danielle Evans (@daniellevalore) October 10, 2018

Why did we miss the chance to call it a death star? Then when people mistake it for a regular moon, you would finally get the chance to say, "That's no moon!" in regular conversation.

— FullMetal Alex (@LunaticLabs) October 12, 2018

While moonmoons may not actually be the agreed upon term for this speculative phenomenon (were guessing that honor goes to the person who actually finds a real-life example), that didnt stop the Australian House of Representatives throwing shade over the suggestion.

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To really throw a spanner in the works, another planetary astronomer, Michele Bannister of Queens University Belfast, told New Scientist that she would tend to opt for a moonmoonlet, to be precise.

I think we can say for sure that theres not a moonmoon thats kilometers across around Jupiter or Saturn. A moonmoon down to the size of a skyscraper could exist out there, but Id call it moonmoonlet,” she explained.

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