William Shatner proposes naming Pluto’s two unnamed moons Romulus and Vulcan.


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William Shatner proposes naming Pluto’s two unnamed moons Romulus and Vulcan.

Astronomers running the Pluto moon naming campaign accepted Vulcan, adding it to the list a day after Shatner suggested it, but Romulus didn’t make the cut. “Mr. Shatner’s second suggestion, Romulus, has a bit of a problem because it is already the name of a moon,” Mark Showalter, an astronomer involved with the competition, wrote in a blog on the Pluto Rocks website on Tuesday. “Romulus, along with his brother Remus, are the names of the moons of the asteroid 87 Silvia. They were discovered by a team led by my good colleague Franck Marchis, now a senior scientist at the SETI Institute.”

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  • jwing

    Since Pluto is no longer considered a “planet”, can it truly have moons or should they be reclassified as dwarf moons?

  • Pzatchok

    They did take my suggestion though.

    Hypnos and Thanatos.

    The only other ones I like are Orthrus and Cerberus.

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