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Re: How the planets got their names

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Originally Posted by waybread View Post


Neptune and Pluto were also named by agreement among European astronomers.
On the morning of 14 March 1930
Falconer Madan, a former librarian at the University of Oxford’s library
was reading a newspaper article
to his 11-year-old granddaughter, Venetia Burney, over breakfast
David Hiskey explained for Mental Floss in 2012.
Madan mused that he wondered what the planet might be called
and Venetia chimed in, “Why not call it Pluto?”
Other potential names included Kronos, Minerva, Zeus, Atas and Persephone.

Upon Burney’s death at the age of 90 in 2009
William Grimes wrote for the New York Times
“Unbeknownst to Venetia, a spirited battle ensued
with suggestions flying thick and fast.
Minerva looked like the front runner, until it was pointed out
that the name already belonged to an asteroid.”

In May 1930, Burney’s suggestion
won a vote among astronomers at Lowell Observatory
and from then on, the far-flung “Planet X” was known as Pluto.
Burney’s story has been well documented in the popular press
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