Help Name a Planet, What Could Go Wrong?

James Marshall
April 13, 2019

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 ice itself may indicate cryovolcanism, or ice volcano activity, that may have spit out water from the planet's interior, which eventually froze on its surface, said its discoverers Meg Schwamb from the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii, Mike Brown from Caltech and David Rabinowitz from Yale on their site.

This isn't the first time the public's been asked to help name something.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) gives names to planets, and luckily for us, the organization has already preselected the names that meet its standards. He is seen as destructive, and is blamed for cosmic catastrophes including floods and the tilting of Earth.

Holle (German): A German fairy tale character established as a goddess by the Brothers Grimm. She is connected to the spirit world through the magic of spinning and weaving, and is linked to the Yuletide season.

All of the options are associated with mythological creatures and figures that reflect the physical properties of 2007 OR10.

Vili: Vili is a Nordic deity.

The small and very distant planet travels an elliptical orbit around the Sun and is located beyond the orbit of Neptune, in a region of the Solar System known as the Kuiper Belt. It's likely large enough for gravity to make it round, making it a probable dwarf planet, according to The Planetary Society.

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