NASA just discovered a new planetary system with seven Earth-like planets. This discovery is regarded as one of the most groundbreaking space-related findings to date. The star of the discovered ‘sister solar system’ was named TRAPPIST-I. Hence, the system got to be called the TRAPPIST-I system. All the planets of our solar system were named after Greek Gods and Goddesses, but it looks like we can not apply the same nomenclature to the newly discovered system.
Naming all the planets of the TRAPPIST-I system appropriately will take a lot of time and effort. Up till now, NASA has been using alphabets for labeling the planets, but even they admit that it is probably harder to name things than discovering them. So, NASA called the public for help on Twitter with the hashtag #7NamesFor7NewPlanets.
— NASA (@NASA) February 24, 2017
While the plea may have been very serious, the results were hilarious.
Oh weekdays, because why not?
— Chirag Kalra (@Chiggs89) February 27, 2017
This guy is apparently an Apple freak.
This one is a serious suggestion. Why should we not name them after the first seven people in space?
#7newnamesfor7newplanets First seven people in space: Gargarin, Shepard, Grissom, Titov, Glenn, Carpenter, Nikolayev
— SJ Kincaid (is on Instagram) (@SJKincaidBooks) February 25, 2017
Here comes, the super political suggestions!
Far from Trump1
Far from Trump2
Far from Trump3
Far from Trump4
Far from Trump5
Far from Trump6
Far from Trump7
— Mike Pons (@mikepons) February 24, 2017
Remember that these new planets orbit a dwarf star? This one is a pretty good joke.
& Grumpy (my personal favorite)
I say 7 planets – Stay with the classics.
— Abigail Edwards ? (@Writing_Abigail) February 24, 2017
Some people were not creative at all.
Obviously, the Harry Potter suggestions were the most popular.
What could possibly go wrong with Star Trek names?
— Terry Yocham (@Lord_Kingsley) March 5, 2017
Yeah, and who is NASA to decide the names anyway?
The world has been unfair to Pluto.
— C Bottas ~Darkling ~ (@Nyhterides) March 2, 2017
Usually, all inventions and discoveries are named after their discoverers, but where is the fun in that? Go to twitter and hop in the challenge, one of your suggested names may be named after your suggestion if it is in accordance with the International Astronomical Union’s recommendations. The names should be one-word names, easily pronounceable, and not similar to the name of other existing bodies.
What names would you suggest for these planets? Comment below!