The discoverers of Pluto’s two tiniest moons are inviting the public to help select names for these objects that better match those of their larger brethren, Charon, Nix, and Hydra. These three satellites all received names associated with Hades and the underworld: Charon, the ferryman of Hades in Greek mythology; Nix, the Greek goddess of darkness and night (and Charon’s mother); and Hydra, the nine-headed serpent that battled Hercules.
The SETI Institute, which is running the poll for the new moons’ names, and the astronomers behind the discoveries plan to keep this tradition of monikers derived from Greek or Roman mythology. The public currently can vote on 12 names (Acheron, Alecto, Cerberus, Erebus, Eurydice, Hercules, Hypnos, Lethe, Obol, Orpheus, Persephone, and Styx), but the SETI Institute also will allow write-ins. As the group says on the voting page, “If you can make a good case for it, we will add it to the list.”
Voting is open through noon EST February 25, and the winners will be announced after their formal approval by the International Astronomical Union. Vote today at www.plutorocks.com.
I personally think one should be Styx, the river most commonly associated with the underworld in pop culture — not that I'm trying to influence the vote. But I do want to know: Which ones are your favorites?
I would agree with Styx, and would also support Cerberus, the three headed dog that guarded the gates of hell.
I favor Orpheus and Euridice. These two tiny moons are like star-crossed lovers that fell into Pluto's grasp and are trapped for all eternity- like Euridice; Orpheus was warned 'Don't look back!' but couldn't resist.
Im for Styx and Cerberus.
My favorite is Hypatia.. (There's a movie about her called Agore, who loves cosmos should watch that film, and see how Hypatia left scientific influence, long before galileo, and others...), or just google wiki...
And also she was killed by religious people for her believings and for not believing in God...
Name it Hypatia, to Honor her, she deserved it...PLEASE
The Pluton système is the first sight of a new territory the Kuiper belt, so I prefer Styx as the name of this Pluton's satellite, thé "river" to cross for heaven.
Midget and Runt.
"Orcus" - The Roman equivalent of the ruler of the underworld.
"Melinoe" - the daughter of Persephone by Zeus disguised as Pluto.