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    Name 2007OR10

    2007OR10 is one of the five largest objects in the Kuiper Belt. It is larger than Quaoar, Orcus or Sedna. It should have a name.
    It can be named by anyone ten years after its 2007 discovery. Will one of you name it?

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    Rocksanne
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    That's interesting. I must recuse myself, though I would have liked to give honor to William Herschel by reinstating his planetary name for #7, especially that the French (and America) are less likely to oppose it today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frog march View Post
    Rocksanne
    Lemme guess, like lots of other Kuiper Belt Objects, it reflects a reddish light?

    I like that. I move to make that the official name for anyone who agrees with us to name it Rocksanne.
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    Kuiper McKuiperface.

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    How about "2007OR10"?
    Text messaging is a frivolous vanity feature, not something serious like vBulletin.

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    Help yourself to some constraints. Take two. They're free.

    IAU: Naming of Astronomical Objects :: Minor planets

    Objects sufficiently outside Neptune's orbit that orbital stability is reasonably assured for a substantial fraction of the lifetime of the solar system (so called Cubewanos or "classical" TNOs) are given mythological names associated with creation.
    NASA Ames: 2007 OR10: Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System

    As for when 2007 OR10 will finally get a name, that honor belongs to the object's discoverers. Astronomers Meg Schwamb, Mike Brown and David Rabinowitz spotted it in 2007 as part of a survey to search for distant solar system bodies using the Samuel Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego, California.

    "The names of Pluto-sized bodies each tell a story about the characteristics of their respective objects. In the past, we haven't known enough about 2007 OR10 to give it a name that would do it justice," said Schwamb. "I think we're coming to a point where we can give 2007 OR10 its rightful name."
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    Mekafe

    M & E are the first & middle initials of two of the discoverers. Kafe is Greek for Brown, who's almost a god, especially if he restores a 9th planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Those rules only constrain IAU members. I'm not a member, so I think I'll stay with Rocksanne.
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    Couldn't help but noticing that mathematically (logically)
    2007 OR 10 = 2015
    assuming that the numbers are decimal. They could be octal or hexadecimal.

    However, 2015 isn't much of an improvement as a name.

    (This exercise made me realize that in 30 years it'll be 2047, an OR-proof number, as all the bits are already set. )

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    Since everyone screwed it up in the 1800s with the asteroids Proserpina and Prosephone, let's mix them and call it Proserphionea. We don't have an asteroid named THAT.
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    Ghroth.

    Maybe Xiurhn
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_the_Worm

    If anything, Myers’ dream stories are even darker than Lovecraft’s: stories such as “Xiurhn,” in which a man ventures to the place where the Night goes during daytime;
    https://lovecraftzine.com/2013/09/25...ason-thompson/
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    "This Land".
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    OR-7

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    Resurrecting this thread to point out the the discoverers (Meg Schwamb, Michael Brown, David Rabinowitz) have winnowed possible names (compliant with IAU guidelines for TNOs) and are taking public input among them here.

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