As announced earlier this week, scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified a new moon orbiting Pluto. This brings the number of known moons orbiting the dwarf planet to 4. Currently designated “P4” the International Astronomical Union will likely decide on an official name soon…what do you think it should be?
Here’s some of my favorite choices. Following the tradition of keeping with Greek mythology, all are in reference to denizens of the underworld (of which Pluto was in command of….even though that was the Latinized name for Hades.)
PS: I’ve contacted SETI Institute’s Mark Showalter and alert him to this poll…so perhaps your vote will help the decision process!
UPDATE: Since it seems that Persephone, Cerberus and Rhadamanthus have already been taken by asteroids, the best choices on the list are (again, in my opinion) Hypnos and Thanatos. Hypnos was the son of the goddess Nyx (another of Pluto’s moons) and Thanatos was his brother. I am also adding a couple more…Erebus and Phobetor, both also sons of Nyx (busy lady!)