Monday, February 11, 2013

Cast Your Vote to Name Pluto's Fourth and Fifth Moons

Pluto's tiny fourth and fifth moons, discovered in 2011 and 2012 respectively, have not yet been formally named. Dr. Mark Showalter, of the Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, also one of the signatories of the petition rejecting the IAU "reclassification" of Pluto, is organizing an online initiative seeking your voices in suggesting names for these tiny moons. According to tradition, the names must come from Greek and Roman mythology and pertain to Hades and the Underworld. You can vote once per day between now and noon EST on February 25. If you want to submit a name that is not on the proposed list, you can do so by completing a write-in form on the project's page.

February is a big month for Pluto because it is the month of the small planet's discovery (February 18, 1930) and also the month of the birthday of discoverer Clyde Tombaugh (February 4).

Celebrate Pluto by voting here!

1 comment:

Jaycee said...

I definitely want to see Persephone as one of the names. Would have been a better name than Charon, I think.