Results For Pluto Moon Names Are In
Leonard Nimoy has spoken: Spock believes that Vulcan is the logical name for at least one of Pluto's moons. So does William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek series, and tweeted that Vulcan would be a great name. Mark Showalter, lead scientist of the group that discovered Pluto's tiniest satellites, added Shatner's suggestion to the ballot.
Star Trek fans are a large and dedicated group, and they descended on the poll with a fervor that quickly garnered "Vulcan" the top spot, with about 140,000 votes out of 370,000 cast. The International Astronomical Union's rules for naming the moon say that the moon should be named after a Greek or Roman god who has a connection to the underworld (Pluto is the Roman name for Hades, ruler of the underworld). Vulcan is Pluto's nephew, and the second-place name, Cerberus, is a three-headed hound that guards the entrance to Pluto's realm.
Being in first place does not guarantee that the IAU will name the moon after Vulcan, but Showalter would argue its case to the union, as well as Cerberus's if it remains in second place. Cerberus seems like a good fit, but Showalter may have a hard time convincing the IAU that the freezing satellite should be named after the god of fire.
Of course, some real Trek fans would say that the smallest and coldest members of the solar system don't deserve the name, which in the Star Trek canon referred to the toasty, inhabited planet of Spock's birth. "I don't like the name Vulcan for such small and insignificant bodies," a user going by Rtypo wrote to NBC News.
"Any Star Trek fan worth his salt would not name a small icy moon of low significance after a warm planet of great significance to the canon of the Star Trek world," said user plan271A, who mentioned that Shatner is not himself a fan of the series he starred in.
Astronomers Ask For Help Naming Pluto's Newly Discovered Moons
A team of astronomers is seeking the public's help to name two tiny moons recently discovered that belong to the planet Pluto.
Everything You Have To Know About Pluto’s Gigantic Towers As Discovered By NASA: What Might Have Caused It? Find Out
In their quest to learn more things about the ninth planet in our solar system, how essential is the discovery of Pluto’s gigantic towers made by NASA experts? Does this prove anything like the existence of alien life? Here’s what authorities have to say
'Star Trek' Enterprise-Like Spacecraft Sighting In Canada Makes UFO Skeptic A Believer
A UFO skeptic now turned into a believer after he saw a "Star Trek" Enterprise-like spacecraft in Canada. He said that he was shocked and could not think what else the object might be other than a UFO.
Star Trek Aliens: Biologists Explain Why Aliens Would Look Like Humans
Experts explained the human-like Star Trek aliens through science. Instead of billions of years, other humanoid alien races might have evolved from the same Homo erectus species transferred to other planets. Meanwhile another biologist explained the real-life possibility of human-like aliens
'Star Trek' Technologies That Might Become Reality Soon
Human technology is slowly catching up with "Star Trek." Here is a list of "Star Trek" technologies that might become reality soon.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
At-Risk Mental Health for Students: Developing Resilience Among Students amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
At-Risk Mental Health for Students to help students struggling with their mental health, especially now amid the pandemic. It focuses more on developing students' resilience.
Tech Leaders and Health Authorities Join Forces, Launch New Initiative to Help Fight Pandemic and Future Epidemics
Two contact tracing apps have been successfully launched recently in Canada and Ireland. The open-source code underlying these apps has been contributed to a newly launched initiative to help other countries and U.S. states in the fight against the pandemic.
Fairy Tail Game Releases a Season Pass, a Week After It Was Launched
The anime RPG Fairy Tail from Koei Tecmo has just released a season pass that will release additional characters and content into the game, just a week after it was launched.