Pluto’s two-newest moons looking for names–how about Proserpina?
Pluto and its moons
It’s been said that the two newest-discovered moons of Pluto are looking for names.
Well, not the moons themselves: they are probably too busy oribiting Pluto in the frozen, dark confines of the outer solar system. But astronomers are looking for names for them.
One suggestion I have: Proserpina.
Proserpina (or, in Greek mythology, Persephone) was the wife of Pluto, the god of the underworld. Frankly, I’m surprised none of Pluto’s moons are named after her. Charon, discovered in 1978, is named after the skeletal ferryman who transported souls from this world across the river Styx and into the underworld; Nix, discovered in 2005, is named after the Greek goddess of darkness and night and the mother of Charon; Hydra, also discovered in 2005, is named for the nine-headed serpent that Hercules fought.
It will be another 2.5 years (July 2015) before New Horizons has its rendevous with Pluto, and it’s entirely possible more moons will be discovered.
Ironic, isn’t it, that a “dwarf planet” now has five moons orbiting it while two of our planets, Mercury and Venus, have none?
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