This artist’s concept appeared on the Feb. 23, 2017 cover of the journal Nature announcing that the TRAPPIST-1 star, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it. (NASA/Cal Tech-JPL)
NASA recently announced the discovery of the largest batch of Earth-sized, habitable zone planets around a single star. Then someone at the space agency tweeted a call for the public’s help to name them.
It was probably a joke. A body called the International Astronomical Union certifies the names of objects in space, and NASA supports that. But the Internet responded with names that were a gift to journalists if nothing else. Remember Boaty McBoatface? That name topped a poll in England for a new ship. Well, say hello to Planet McPlanetface.
Or planets “rachel monica phoebe chandler joey ross and janice.” Or planets “Cranberry Strawberry Elderberry BlackBerry Red Raspberry Blueberry Boysenberry.” Huh? Well, the planets were found in the exoplanet system named TRAPPIST-1, and those are names for Trappist monk jams. Get it?
The fun has gone on for a while as shown by the tweets below. Got ideas of your own? Add them in the comments below. NASA may have stopped reading, but the Internet is still rolling with this one.
Source:: Google Science