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Alien: Covenant - Prometheus sequel by Ridley Scott

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LV-223, LV-426... AND TWO MORE MOONS

LV-223, LV-426... AND TWO MORE MOONS

Ati

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Posted Feb-09-2017 4:06 PM

Ok, it's not a huge topic, but what about the other two moons/planetoids of the gas giant? Does anybody know their names/numbers? Are they mentioned anywhere?

And what do the numbers mean? Nothing? And how are the names/numbers formed?

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S.M

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Posted Feb-09-2017 4:18 PM

As per the lower film still, I think there's only meant to be three moons (with what look like tiny shepherd moons seen in Prometheus; which missed one - or maybe it was a recent capture - I dunno).

That background is flipped and used again for a shot from the surface of LV-426. The faint moon on the right isn't visible in the flipped image, which would lead us to believe there are three moons (two visible in the sky of LV-426 plus LV-426 itself).

Ati

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Posted Feb-09-2017 4:26 PM

If I know correctly, the first image is a Steve Messing concept art image for Prometheus.

A hi res version:

S.M

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Posted Feb-09-2017 4:34 PM

Possibly. It's not from any film (but did correct the odd sunlight on one of the planets)(mostly).

BigDave

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Posted Feb-10-2017 7:12 AM

I thought there was 3 Moons, but maybe there could be 4 going by the Concept Art.

Hopefully it would be cleared up at some point, but i would be certain that SM when working with the reference book, they would have had a idea of how many moons. And so i guess as Steve Messing concept was not actually shown in any movie as far as actually seeing 4 Moons, then maybe its just the 3 then?

If there was 4 i guess it would explain the Number System a bit more... i.e LV-223 (2) or LV-426 (4), i will have to go and look at the Fire and Stone comic and see how many it showed and maybe see if Spaights and Lindeloffs drafts mention the number of moons.

If there are 3 then it leaves the 3rd one to be explored in future i would rather this be Paradise than LV-426 though... if there was a 3rd Moon to be explored more then maybe the name logically would be LV-629?

Wishing those around the World who finally get to see AC this week a very good weekend

Rick

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Posted Feb-10-2017 7:19 AM

There are only 3 moons.  LV-223, LV-426 and LV-???

 

LV-426, ALSO KNOWN AS ACHERON, IS ONE OF THREE MAIN MOONS ORBITING THE GAGIANT CALPAMOS IN THE ZETA 2 RETICULI SYSTEM, SOME 39 LIGHT YEARS AWAFROM EARTH.

Ati

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Posted Feb-10-2017 11:05 AM

Ok, ok, I believe everything you state, BUT:

Looking at these images, we can easily get confused.

Movie image from Alien, the three (four?) relatively big planetoid moons are outside the ring, no doubt:

Prometheus, arrival scene, two 'big' moons in the distance, LV-223 and LV-426?, probably yes, we don't know, there is no ring, there is no the planet itself, their positions are unknown, the ring and the gas planet (Calpamos) are out of sight:

BUT!

We have this Prometheus movie image where the ship can be seen very close to the gas giant, it flies 'under' the ring, there's a small moon in the distance on the left (no info about it), AND THERE'S A SMALL MOON 'OVER' THE RING WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO THE PLANET (inside the ring on the right). I think it can't be one of the relatively big moons because it must have looked much bigger so close to the gas giant:

I think it can be claimed that there is a mysterious small moon inside the planet ring.

Of course, it does not mean anything. :)

Rick

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Posted Feb-10-2017 12:07 PM

You sure look for R2D2?  It could be a Deathstar moving into orbit.....Star Wars....The last Jedi is hiding on one of the moons as an engineer....just kidding

 

On a serious note.  It could just be a tiny moon not worth categorizing with the rest as it probably doesn't have an atmosphere.

SteveRogers1973

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Posted Feb-10-2017 12:22 PM

I remember from Aliens that LV-223 is only 1200 kms across.....thats puny

S.M

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Posted Feb-10-2017 12:42 PM

426 was 1200km.  223 was 1400km.

SteveRogers1973

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Posted Feb-10-2017 2:06 PM

our moon is 3474 kms in diameter....

Ati

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Posted Feb-10-2017 2:12 PM

Exciting...

Look at this image from Prometheus, it shows the planet and its moons, so LV-223 (and LV-426?) is outside the ring, no doubt:

S.M

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Posted Feb-10-2017 2:19 PM

The tiny moons near the rings would likely be shepherd moons.

Ati

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Posted Feb-10-2017 2:25 PM

So we discovered something awesome:

"Prometheus (right) and Pandora both orbit near Saturn's F ring, but only Prometheus is thought to act as a shepherd."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd_moon

Fire_Stream21

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Posted Feb-10-2017 2:55 PM

As in Prometheus we see four moons around the gas giant, the other two moons are probably cannons for Dark Horse comics spin offs or something like that.

JamietheBastard

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Posted Feb-10-2017 3:14 PM

In Damon Lindelof's audio commentary on the Prometheus DVD he states "LV 223, how far away from LV 426 is this? About 185 LV's away" (Actually that should be 203 LV's away) So to my mind they are in totally different systems, he wrote it so he should know.

S.M

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Posted Feb-10-2017 3:23 PM

He was joking around with that comment.

"As in Prometheus we see four moons around the gas giant, the other two moons are probably cannons for Dark Horse comics spin offs or something like that"

When do we see four?

ali81

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Posted Feb-10-2017 4:57 PM

we have lv223 and lv426, anyone know the designation of the other moon? MUTHER doesn't give any details.

Ati

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Posted Feb-11-2017 6:30 PM

Nobody knows it.

We have a mystery unsolved...

ali81

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Posted Feb-15-2017 7:36 AM

wonder if the 3rd moon will play a part in any of the movies

Ati

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Posted Feb-16-2017 5:29 PM

ali81 - The third moon will be Paradise, or LV-629 by BigDave, beyond doubt. :D

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Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

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