I saw this recently on Mashable – Pluto’s largest moon just got a bunch of nerdy names for its craters, mountains: https://mashable.com/2018/04/11/pluto-charon-nerdy-names/. Decided it was an interesting addition to this week’s Weirdness Wednesday post. Slightly longer article, but here’s a short synopsis. Also, verified by Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geological_features_on_Charon. So far, only some of the names have been approved for usage. That includes a Tolkien Middle-Earth reference – see Wikipedia.
BY MIRIAM KRAMER April 11, 2018
Space nerds and science fiction fans, rejoice! Some of the craters, mountains, and other features of Pluto’s largest moon Charon just got official names, and they’re nerdy as hell.
From a mountain named after Stanley Kubrick to a crater named for Captain Nemo, many of Charon’s features have now been named for the “literature and mythology of exploration,” according to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the organization responsible for assigning such monikers.
Have you ever wanted to visit a mountain named for Octavia Butler? Well, take a trip to Charon and visit Butler Mons to honor the science fiction writer and her Xenogenesis trilogy.
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