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The public asked for help in naming a smaller planet that was discovered in 2007

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Name of Help 2007 OR10

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The dwarf planet is currently known as (225088) 2007 OR10

Astronomers have asked the public to help designate a smaller planet in our solar system, which was discovered in 2007.

The dwarf planet orbiting the sun beyond Neptune has since been referred to as (225088) 2007 OR10.

Now, the scientists who discovered it ask the public to help choose a more catchy name. The options are Gonggong, Holle and Vili.

The name of the winner will be officially proposed to the International Astronomical Union.

Gonggong is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpentine tail. He is known to create chaos, cause flooding, and tilt the earth.

Holle is a European winter goddess of fertility, rebirth, and women, while Vili is a Nordic deity who defeated the Frost Giant Ymir and used the body to create the universe.

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The scientists selected deities with connections to the color red and put the 12-year wait on the planet, in order to understand him better.

2007 OR10, the largest unnamed body in our solar system, orbits the Kuiper belt and is estimated to be 1,247 km (775 miles) across, about half the size of Pluto, another dwarf planet.

The vote ends on May 10th and you can vote here.

Those who are particularly enthusiastic about a name can vote several times.


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