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Posted by MathYou on July 27, 2015 in Online Strip |

kepler-452-pluto

I’m totally game for this idea.  But will it break our hearts if 10 years after we name the planet, “Pluto,” our technology advances by leaps and bounds and we find out that this “super-earth-sized planet” is actually a lot smaller than we thought and has been downgraded to a dwarf-exoplanet.  I’m not sure I could handle losing Pluto for a second time.

This comic is from XKCD, probably the biggest nerd comic on the net.  Back in 2013, the International Astronomical Union decided to start naming exoplanets.  An exoplanet is a planet outside of our solar system (there have been 1935 discovered so far).  In addition to the decision to start naming exoplanets, they thought it might be a good idea to take suggestions from the public.  The names that have been chosen are somewhat amusing and somewhat terrible.

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