Here’s an out of this world idea: name a planet in our Solar System.
Astronomers discovered a large minor planet in 2007 and recently announced a campaign to pick the name for the astronomical body.
During the time of discovery, it was identified as “2007 OR10” but it has never been given a proper name.
The International Astronomical Union typically names planets but this time the group has compiled a list of three options to pick from and all three names are associated with mythological creatures and figures.
- Gonggong: A Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail who is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth.
- Holle: A European winter goddess of fertility, rebirth, and women.
- Vili: Vili is a Nordic deity. Together with his brothers Odin and Vé, he defeated frost giant Ymir and used Ymir’s body to create the universe.
The naming suggestions above were pre-selected to meet the requirements of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
To vote for your favorite name and more information, visit the website 2007OR10.name.
Voting ends on May 10th.