Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How The Planet Pluto Got Its Name

Pluto, as seen by New Horizons on July 7, from 5 million miles away.

Pluto is the most recently discovered planet, found in 1930. How did astronomers decide on the name? Actually they didn't.  The name was first suggested on a whim by 12-year-old Venetia Burney during breakfast.

Venetia Burney, shown as a young girl. (Wikimedia Commons)

Astronomers at Arizona's Lowell Observatory received dozens of suggestions from all over the world. They winnowed the list down to three: Pluto, Minerva, and Cronus. Pluto unanimously won.

Full story: Vox


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