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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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    Tralfaz.

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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;
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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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    The public have voted for Gonggong - a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail. But it is still up to the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature for the final say.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...e-results.html

    I had wanted to have some kind of public involvement in picking the naming suggestion for 2007 OR10 since nearly 10 years ago. I was thinking about what it might look like when I was packing up after grad school to move from Pasadena to New Haven for my first post-doctoral research positions. I’ve moved a few more times, New Haven to Taipei, Taipei to Hawai`i. Each time, I thought about 2007 OR10 and whether I would ever get this public campaign off the ground. Now I’m moving again, nearly to the opposite side of the world from Hawai`i. In between moving boxes and paperwork, I’ve been keeping an eye on the 2007 OR10 vote. Here are the final results.

    Gonggong is the winner! Vili took the lead for a long while, but in the final stretch Gonggong surged, taking the lead. Gonggong is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail. He is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth. A fitting choice.

    So can we start calling 2007 OR10 Gonggong? Not quite yet. Gonggong is the fan favorite name for this icy distant world, but the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature has the final say. Now, Mike, David, and I will write up the proposal citation with some text about why Gonggong is an appropriate name for 2007 OR10. We will submit the name and supporting text to the Minor Planet Center, which will send it onward to the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Committee for Small-Body Nomenclature.
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    Of course, once the final name is approved, I will start campaigning to name 2002MS4.
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    Information about American English usage here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting.

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    I love that name.

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