Name That Planet

Audrey Smiles

Over a decade ago, NASA scientists discovered a minor planet on the outskirts of our solar system, which was assigned the name (225088) 2007 OR10 by default. To this day this planet has still not received an official name, making it the largest unnamed world in our solar system. Three of the astronomers who helped discover this planet have announced a campaign asking the public to help choose a suitable name to submit to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).  There are only 3 naming suggestions that fit the IAU’s naming regulations. The first of those is Gonggong, which is a Chinese water god with red hair and a serpent-like tail, who is known for creating chaos, causing flooding, and tilting the Earth. The second name is Holle, who is a European winter goddess of fertility, rebirth, and women. Lastly, there is Vili, who is a Nordic deity who with his brothers Odin and Vé defeated the frost giant Ymir and used his body to create the universe. To vote for your favorite name suggestion, click here ( The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 10, 2019.