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Name[edit]

I used to have clippings from our local daily with the report that the observer who actually was being credited with the discovery of the "moon" was using the non-formal name of "Charlie", because he had had a dog named that, and he "always wanted to name something after the dog". CFLeon 22:17, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

It was for a time called Vulcan; this was before Star Trek aired so there is no connection. (unsigned)
You could not be MORE wrong, either as to the name or the date. Star Trek originally aired in 1965-69, this was in 1974. There was a hypothetical PLANET inside of Mercury's orbit named Vulcan, reported as being discovered in the 1700's and early 1800's. CFLeon 23:11, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

popular culture[edit]

"The Buck Rogers Sunday strips feature a visit to Mercury's moon in "Exploring the Water Moon of Mercury" (1/13/35 to 3/17/35) (Series I, Strips 251 to 260)" Un;ess this was created before we knew what mercury was really like(and therfor before this moon was thought to exist) I really gotta question the ignorance of those writers.--Jakezing (talk) 01:37, 7 November 2008 (UTC)


IT WAS A SATALITE! THEY ARE ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.110.234.193 (talk) 22:27, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

Stability?[edit]

The article doesn't tell whether a moon of Mercury is even theoretically possible, i.e. are there long-term stable orbits around Mercury? The first artificial satellite, MESSENGER, crashed into the planet only weeks after running out of fuel, due to solar perturbations of its orbit. (But then it was in a very elliptical orbit...) --Roentgenium111 (talk) 09:01, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

From NASA: Why don't Mercury and Venus have moons? Most likely because they are too close to the Sun. Any moon with too great a distance from these planets would be in an unstable orbit and be captured by the Sun. If they were too close to these planets they would be destroyed by tidal gravitational forces. The zones where moons around these planets could be stable over billions of years is probably so narrow that no body was ever captured into orbit, or created in situ when the planets were first being accreted. [1]. BatteryIncluded (talk) 13:01, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Requested move 9 November 2015[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Moved. (non-admin closure) Natg 19 (talk) 00:47, 24 November 2015 (UTC)



Mercury's (hypothetical) moonHypothetical moon of Mercury – This is the only hypothesized object in Category:Hypothetical moons or Category:Hypothetical bodies of the Solar System to use this odd infixed name. The present title certainly isn't the common name. The article List of hypothetical Solar System objects claims a designation of "S/1970 M 1", but I can find no independent evidence for this. Hence the article shoud be moved to a natural title. It's worth noting that in the nominator's personal opinion this material should just be merged to 31 Crateris; the proposed move is a suggestion to improve the article if it is not merged there. 209.211.131.181 (talk) 06:11, 9 November 2015 (UTC) --Relisted. Natg 19 (talk) 00:36, 17 November 2015 (UTC)


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Edit request[edit]

The current version of the article discusses the identification of the 1974 sighting with 31 Crateris, with what appears to be an informative wikilink, but unfortunately it uses a piped link to Crater (constellation) in lieu of a direct link to 31 Crateris. Therefore, will an administrator please convert the link in the section "Misidentifcation" into a direct link to 31 Crateris? A separate link to the constellation can be added if desired. Thanks in advance to whoever attends this. 209.211.131.181 (talk) 06:22, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 08:25, 9 November 2015 (UTC)