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Help astronomers name a Trans-Neptunian Object! (225088) 2007 OR10 just doesn't cut it

11 Apr 2019, 13:03 UTC
Help astronomers name a Trans-Neptunian Object! (225088) 2007 OR10 just doesn't cut it Alex Parker via 2007or10.name

An embarrassing problem that’s come up in recent years is a weird one: naming astronomical objects. It used to be easy! There were just a handful of planets, a couple of dozen moons, and some asteroids (comets are named after their discoverers, so no prob there).

But then astronomers decided to make better telescopes and more sensitive cameras, and the next thing you know there are thousands of objects that need names! Catalog designations are fine for a while, but we’re human, and humans like to name things.

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