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Fact of the Day: Cosmic Girl

Fact of the Day: Cosmic Girl

Did you know that the dwarf (former) planet Pluto was named by an 11 year-old girl?

 

 

An 11-year-old girl from Oxford, England is responsible for naming Pluto. Venetia Burney suggested the name to her grandfather after being inspired by the name of the Roman god of the underworld. Her grandfather, Falconer Madan, was the Librarian of the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford. He was so well-connected that he was able to pass Burney’s suggestion along to the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, where then-unnamed Pluto was discovered. The scientists at Lowell believed Pluto to be a fitting name, since the first two letters are the initials of Percival Lowell, the founder of the observatory. Pluto was officially named in 1930.

 

 

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