Help name an asteroid!

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33 Responses to “Help name an asteroid!”

  1. Bevatron Repairman says:

    If you want to check if something’s already taken, go here:

    http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/MPNames.htmle.g. 165347 Philplait — you have to go pretty deep to find someone not yet honored

  2. Aaron Swain says:

    Isis would seem like a logical choice.

    • chenille says:

      Isis might make sense, but was used fairly early on – it is number 42. The article links to a list, which will help you find something that isn’t taken.

  3. Thomas Valley says:

    Whatever we end up naming it, we’ll eventually have to nuke it from orbit.  It’ll be the only way to be sure.

  4. V. Brenner says:

    “Armstrong”..for both the great astronaut and the ass who was on steroids.

  5. Bemopolis says:

    Well, since it has Q36 in the name, I would suggest “Illudium Q-36 Space Modulator” — “Illudium” for short.  Especially since, as a member of the Apollo asteroid family, it would occasionally block Marvin’s view of Venus.

  6. “Demon’s Run” was my first thought, but that may be almost as ominous as LV-426 in some circles…

  7. Dan Hibiki says:

    “Zippy the Death Bringer”

  8. haineux says:

    I was gonna suggest the Planet Krankor, but Bemopolis nailed it.

    (“Prince of Space” is a bad science fiction movie memorable for the amazing performance of the voice over artist who dubbed Ambassador Phantom from the Planet Krankor.)

  9. grimc says:

    The Asteroid.

  10. The inventor of xerography and noted American Buddhist, Chester Carlson has yet to be honored with an asteroid named for him. I would recommend Chestercarlson as its name.

  11. xaulted1 says:

    The Rock of Bral. (geeks of the right venue get this)

  12. MonkeyBoy says:

    “Dingleberry” or “X’s Dingleberry” where X is some person or supernatural entity.

  13. David Carroll says:

    Now I know how to translate “1999 RQ36″ into “916th object observed in the first half of September, 1999″. Thanks Maggie.  Gonna re-wire a database to use this system.

    One question though: The rules state: “The mythological name can come from any culture from any part of the world. In very rare cases, this definition has been stretched to include fictional mythological characters.”

    Aren’t ALL mythological characters fictional?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Aren’t ALL mythological characters fictional?

      Not necessarily. Unicorns might be, but it’s likely that some mythical characters are based on real historical people.

      • There is a set of ancient people that may have existed for which this would be true, like Jesus or Pythagoras. A lot of people have also tried to tie gods like Odin or Asclepius to historical people, but then we are in pseudohistorical territory.

        Ancient people of importance were very likely to attract at least some mythical stories, like the miraculous birth and divine parentage of Alexander, or the prophecies given to Socrates.

      • niktemadur says:

        Or a group of them.  Picture a bunch of ancient Greek farmers on a river delta trying to contain flood waters with a dam, but the floods overwhelm and go over left and right of the dam.  In effect, they cut of the head of the water (hydros) and the result was now two heads.

        Now had Hercules to the story and there you have his struggle with the Hydra.

      • OtherMichael says:

        some mythical characters are based on real historical people

        *Abraham Lincoln
        *George Washington
        *Johnny Appleseed (Jonathan Chapman)
        *Wyatt Earp
        *Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon)
        *Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary)

  14. My first thought was “Plato”. And it’s on the Minor Planet Center list!

  15. Mitchell Glaser says:

    Hammer of God.

  16. Glen Able says:

    Rocky XXXVI

  17. brainflakes says:

    It should be named “Battletoad”, obviously!

  18. niktemadur says:

    Since Nye is already taken, how about DeGrasse?

  19. niktemadur says:

    @chenille The article links to a list, which will help you find something that isn’t taken.

    There’s a Sandler… (sigh) seriously JPL, I thought you guys were less lowbrow than that.  What does it orbit, a certain planet beyond Saturn?

  20. parfae says:

    Naming contest? Just accept that it’s going to wind up “Stephen Colbert” and move on.

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