Mercury, Venus, Neptune…Maude?

I know Caltech astronomer Mike Brown says ”Xena” is only a nickname for the solar system’s 10th planet — and that he’s submitted something a little more formal to the folks who’ll have the final say in naming the zippy little celestial body. But considering we’ve already got a planet named after a Disney character, and one with a moniker that doubles as a raunchy punch line (think about it), why shouldn’t the 15-member panel of the International Astronomical Union choose to honor a favorite TV goddess?

How about it, IAU? Planet Maude’s got a nice ring to it. Or maybe planet Maddie Hayes? Hey, I know, we could call it Aunt Sassy! It’s pronounceable, non-offensive, and 16 characters or less in length. Note to self: I need to see that!

What would you call the planet that must be named?


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  • jessie

    Planet Claire of course!

  • _Faith

    I’d name it Rupert, after Douglas Adams’ 10th planent in the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series…but seems like they’ll be sticking to the “creation-myth deities” they used for previous planets in the area, Sedna and Quaoar.

  • Barrett

    If they follow current trends, they will sell the naming rights, a la sports stadiums. How about Planet Microsoft or Verizon World.

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  • Jeff Eastwood

    I’m never quite sure who writes this blog but way to go, whoever, for making reference to “The Comback”. Aunt Sassy and Valerie Cherish rock! (Oh yeah, and Miss Kudrow, too.)

  • EP Sato

    Waitaminute! DIsney named the dog after the planet, didn’t they? This new planet should be named Mingo, Buck or Flash. It’s about time one of the planets got a cool sounding name. No more ancient gods. How about planet Snoop Dogg or “far away land”.
    Anything is better than Xena…

  • Roxanne

    I have the feeling it will be Juno or Minerva, but what the universe really needs is one kick-butt vampire slayer – Planet Buffy.

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