Now that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has stumbled upon seven new planets that may support intelligent life, beyond our solar system, the officials need to come up with names for each celestial body. To make thing more interesting, NASA launched the challenge on Twitter last week, February 25th, and asked the internet community to help with the task at hand. Needless to say, some funny entries made an appearance. However, there is little chance the planets will take after one of the seven dwarves in Snow White, as one user suggested.
Name Suggestions for the Trappist-1 Planets
At the moment, the planets discovered by the space agency’s Spitzer Space Telescope go by the names of Trappist-1b, Trappist-1c, Trappist-1d, Trappist-1e, Trappist-1f, Trappist-1g, and Trappist-1h. However, some amusing suggestions have been submitted under NASA’s hashtag “#7NamesFor7NewPlanets?”, with some users drawing inspiration from pop culture references, such as smartphone series, the seven Harry Potter novels, or popular characters from TV series like Friends or Game of Thrones.
Hence, one user came up with these names for the newly discovered planets:
- Tom Riddle’s Diary
- Marvolo’s Ring
- Slytherin’s Locket
- Hufflepuff’s Cup
- Ravenclaw’s Diadem
- Harry Potter
Also, some users found it amusing to reference the seven dwarves from Snow White’s story: Dopey, Doc, Itchy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, and Bashful. However, the most amusing suggestions came from Twitter user @idiotcracy, who reminded the internet of Britain’s Boaty McBoatface incident in 2016. Per @idiotcracy’s suggestion, the names of the Trappist-1 planets should be:
- Planet McPlanetface
- Moonie McMoonface
- Rocky McRockface
- Icy McIceface
- Dusty McDustface
- Gasy McGasface
Others chose to draw their inspiration from current events and call the newly discovered planets Far from Trump1 to Far from Trump7.
International Astronomical Union’s Opinion
No matter how much amusing they are, officials in charge of choosing the names of all things astronomical say there is no chance either of the entries will pass as valid names for the Trappist-1 planets. That is if they don’t want to repeat Britain’s Boaty McBoatface experience from 2016.
Ultimately, similar contests took place in recent years, more specifically, back in 2015, when the International Astronomical Union invited the public to name 32 extrasolar planets revolving around 15 stars.
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