Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Voting Time! Help Name Pluto's New Moons!!!

Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto
First Photos of P5 - Isn't she cute?
Source: Hubblesite.org

In 2011 and 2012, NASA discovered the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto.  Up until now, these moons have the wonderful names of P4 and P5.  But the time has arrived to give these celestial bodies new names.  The SETI Institute has set up an online survey to allow everyone a chance to vote on the names.

Every day, you can go to Pluto Rocks! and vote on two names, one for each moon.  Or, if you have an alternate that you think is better than what's listed, you can use the write-in form to submit your idea.  The current list pulls names from Greek mythology related to Hades, such as "Persephone" and "Styx".  But the name "Vulcan" is also on the list, so some Trekkie has clearly done a successful write-in.

I urge you to go and vote on whatever name you like.  Rarely do we, the public, get a say in matters such as this.  So enjoy your new influence and spread the word!

2 comments:

  1. Hah! Looks like fun...thanks for passing this along. I need to brush up on my Roman myth. :)

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  2. Oh, and Vulcan is not a Star Trek term, though they did usurp it. It's the Roman name for the god Hephaestus.

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