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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Let's Name Some Planets

"There's no way the public should have to remember these names," said Francois Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, lead author of the study announcing the discovery of Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f. "I'm working like 15 hours a day on Kepler, and I'm not sure I could tell you which one is each of the Kepler planets."

Exoplanet researchers could work together to develop a coherent naming system, one with consistent rules or guidelines, Fressin suggested. As an example of such a system, he pointed to the planets of our own solar system, all of which except Earth are named for Greek or Roman gods.

"If we start doing that with more accessible names, it would be a plus," Fressin told SPACE.com.

It's been one day since it was announced that two new Earth-sized planets were found, a first, and the backlash against their names has already begun. Let's think of better ones? If we keep going with the gods thing, my vote is for Hermes and Phrike. Phrike!



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sam
sam

My votes are for Hymen and Priapus or Based and U-.

Jolly Farton

"that one"

"that other one"

"that new one we found"

liznieve

@lilly pilgrim
"final"
"final final"
"final 2"
"final 3"
"final no really this time"
"untitled"

Hambulance

Myanus.

Tulletilsynet

@Hambulance
I know an amateur astronomer in Connecticut who can see Uranus from Mianus.

JessicaLovejoy

As per kayjay's comment, I nominate "Snata Kraus" to be Earth's Next Top Planet.

melis

"The winning monikers? Romulus and Remus, which "Star Trek" fans will recognize as the names of the twin homeworlds for the fictional Romulan alien race."

And which everyone else will remember from middle school World Civ.

Lucienne

@melis It didn't actually say that in the article, did it? I'm afraid to click.

mwittier

Maddycyn and Justynn.

Lucienne

Austen heroines.

beerd

Candied and Bacon?

Fuck it, I quit the internet to eat full time. Much love y'all.

Verity

Artemis and Athena, because they're both awesome, and current planetary names are too skewed to the male side of the Greek and Roman pantheon.

miwome

@Verity Ooh. Bellona! Iris (is that taken?)! Basically I am running through the Percy Jackson & The Olympians and The Lost Hero series in my mind for candidates.

brilliantmistake

Couldn't we use binomial nomenclature as in biological taxonomy? The star could be the "genus" with the planets as "species."

Xena's still up for grabs, name-wise. Just sayin.

ingrid.tuesday

Persephone and Ariel.

ingrid.tuesday

Caprica and Tauron.

emilylou

melancholiaaaaaaa

ingrid.tuesday

Traal and Happi Werld 3.

hannahdavis

Ryan Gosling.

melis

MATT DAMON (soooooooooorry)

ingrid.tuesday

Oooh, one more: Raxacoricofallapatorius and GALLIFREY.

ingrid.tuesday

@ingrid.tuesday Hello, my name is SciFi Dork.

sandwiches

@ingrid.tuesday *sits down next to you, offers you a cookie out of my TARDIS cookie jar*

ingrid.tuesday

@sandwiches *solemnly hands you the other half of my "best friends" pendant.*

ejcsanfran

Kevin and Dug.

rayray

Renesmee (Yep. Still going with this.)

melis

DONUT and THE GOLDEN HEN. I know what you're thinking. How do you know they're both going to be girls? But a mother knows.

lovelettersinhell

Since they're earthlike why not go with Ceres/Demeter or Gratis?

miwome

@lovelettersinhell I endorse this.

mparcells

Shiloh, for both of them.

Tulletilsynet

Hermes would sort of cause a problem since Hermes is Mercury, more or less.

Austen heroines, that's a good one. But English Romantic poets would map well onto a system of somewhat hotter planets.

Megasus

They should all be named after science fiction writers.

Limpette

@Megan Patterson@facebook
K. Le Guin and K. Dick?

miwome

@Limpette Also A.C. Clarke and A. Asimov.

cocokins

Has it only been one day? I think it has been longer? Because my husband woke me up a few mornings ago saying, "Honey! Let's move to Earth 2!"
I wasn't sure what he was talking about, so I calmly asked, "What the hell is Earth 2?"

The reply: "That's what I'm calling the new Earth-ish planets that the science world is talking about!"

We had a really great breakfast conversation about it.

Anyway, yeah, I'd move to Earth 2. Or Earth 3. But, only if I could take all my family and my apartment. Also, I'd like to ensure we can all dress like Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. And listen to PROTOZOA sing SuperNova Girl.

real

Let's Name Some Planets!
tiao.jp

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