Pluto Moon Names Up For A Vote On The Internet


For the next two weeks, astronomy enthusiasts or just people with a good idea for names can travel to a website set up by SETI to vote on the new Pluto moon names.

The site, Pluto Rocks, gives people a group of Greek mythology-centered names to choose from and also lets them suggest their own. So, while Pluto may no longer be considered an "official" planet, internet astronomers can still show it a little love.

But in case people want to stuff the ballots to name it after a comedian, Wired warns that the process is a bit more difficult: "Naming astronomical objects isn’t as simple as deciding whether to name your dog "Dog."

According to conventions set forth by the International Astronomical Union, moons must not be given a name that’s already been bestowed upon an asteroid. And, in the Pluto system, the names must be mythological and related to the dominion of Hades.

"So no matter how many write-in votes are cast for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert or Ren and Stimpy, those famous pairs will not take their place in the celestial hall of names". That being said, here are the options: Acheron, Alecto, Cerberus, Erebus, Eurydice, Hercules, Hypnos, Lethe, Obol, Orpheus, Persephone, and Styx.




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