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05. 27. 2009

Woman who named Pluto dies, aged 90


Mrs Venetia Phair, who used to be Miss Venetia Burney (what a great name, like something out of a Roald Dahl novel) died at the end of April, according to reports.

She thought the new celestial body discovered in 1930 should be called Pluto - not after a Disney character but after the Roman God of the Underworld. Her 11 year-old self must have been thrilled when her suggestion was taken seriously. Sounds like the talent for naming ran in the family, though - her great-uncle Henry named the two dwarf moons of Mars. (Phobos and Deimos, though I'm sure I don't need to tell you that).

Posted by Diane    Category: current affairs | science
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