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posted Jul 8, 2015, 4:55 AM by Mark Showalter   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 4:57 AM ]
I am so gratified by the responses we are seeing to our Pluto naming proposal to the International Astronomical Union (IAU). No one has ever attempted a planetary naming campaign on the scale of this one, and we were not quite sure how it would all play out. I'm delighted to see that many are responding with the same level of enthusiasm that we are feeling.

From this morning's front page of, an English-language newspaper from China: "Here are the Proposed Names for Pluto's Maps and They're Really Awesome."

From Escapist Magazine"In the end, the document is spectacular reading material that demonstrates the breadth of human imagination and achievement while tapping into nostalgia, mythology, tragedy and triumph.”

"It is hardly a secret that nomenclature is the great bridge between laymen and scientists - everyone can appreciate a good name.... Hopefully this list contributes to a greater interest in astronomy among the general public."

From "The names are incredible, inspired by fictional travelers, destinations, vessels, and creatures."

I have often said that planetary nomenclature is supposed to be fun. Happily, I am not the only one who feels that way. I hope the IAU agrees.