Pluto’s new moons named – no Vulcan in sight

Planet Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons have been officially christened by the International Astronomical Union.

The two planetoids were named Kerberos and Styx. Kerberos is the name of the mythological three-headed hound that guards the entrance to the underworld. Styx is the name of the river that separated the underworld from the real world.

Interestingly enough, the names were only second and third on the popularity list in a popular vote. First choice Vulcan was snubbed by the Union because of the campaign by Star Trek fans, instigated by actor William Shatner, who played Captain James Kirk in the original series, to get it elected.

All very interesting in its own right. Oh, and it brought us this headline.


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