Enter Planet Poltergeist

The International Astronomical Union has announced the names of a slew of exoplanets and stars as chosen by worldwide public ballot. Enter exoplanet Poltergeist, as nominated by an Italian group. Also new to the nomenclature galaxy is the star Cervantes (Spain) and the exoplanet Galileo (Netherlands).  The IAU writes:

The votes are in — the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) have been chosen by public vote in the NameExoWorlds contest, and accepted by the IAU. Reflecting the truly international interest in astronomy, over half a million votes from 182 countries and territories contributed to the new official designations of the alien worlds.

Although people have been naming celestial objects for millennia, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the authority responsible for assigning official names to celestial bodies. The NameExoWorlds contest provided the first opportunity for the public to name exoplanets, and their stars. The winning names are to be used freely in parallel with the existing scientific nomenclature, with due credit to the clubs or organisations that proposed them.

The newly adopted names take the form of different mythological figures from a wide variety of cultures from across history, as well as famous scientists, fictional characters, ancient cities and words selected from bygone languages.

Hit the link for the list of names.

  • Brad Lathem

    “The newly adopted names take the form of different mythological figures”

    Planet Jesus

    • Paula

      Hey, ain’t that a x-tian restaurant in Nashville? You’ve really got to the try the Heavenly Meatloaf and Moses Mashed Potatoes with Gabriel Gravy.
      Watch out for the Lucifer Chili though.

      • TuuxKabin

        Lucifer Chili hot as hell? Some white rice could temper it down, and ice cold suds.

        • Paula

          The Baphomet Ale would really do nicely!

      • delk

        The waiters always push that ‘fish and loaf’ special. Sure it’s all-you-can eat, but it’s never fresh.

        • Brad Lathem

          Yeah, but there’s free wine (so long as your order it as water initially).

          • Paula

            The jeeby is not too good at making white wines, though.

        • GanymedeRenard

          And salt. Lots of salt.

      • JaniceInToronto

        The blood and meat stuff is divine.

        • TuuxKabin

          to die for.

      • bkmn

        Do they have pigs on a cross?

        • Paula

          Yes, he is hanging over the door when you come in. I

          • Paula

            ..

          • Joseph Miceli

            “Waiter? Excuse me…. there seems to be a Virgin Mary in my toast.”
            “Sorry Sir, she WILL turn up in all sorts of things. Cake, burgers….she’s quite the attention whore.”

      • lymis

        I hear Eve’s Apple Pie is tempting.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Star 42 Draconis Fafnir

    “Fafnir,” AWESOME!

    Planet 42 Draconis b Orbitar

    “Orbitar,” WUT

  • another_steve

    As long as they’re pronounceable. Not like my stupid meds.

    “Thyrointoxicationaloxyengine.”

    • TuuxKabin

      Hopefully none of us will need any meds there.

      • another_steve

        Are you talkin’ space travel or the afterlife?

        • TuuxKabin
          • another_steve
          • LonelyLiberal

            For those of us who wouldn’t mind having that era’s Roddy in a cage…

          • another_steve

            He was a hunk bunny in his day, wasn’t he?

            There’s this famous picture of him with Tab Hunter (they’re said to have been lovers for a while).

          • LonelyLiberal

            Did Rod A fit into Tab B?

          • another_steve

            ^^ LMAO!!

          • Silver Badger

            Nah. I’m pretty sure it was the other way around.

          • From stories told of seeing him nude on the beach, Rod’s rod was VERY big when hanging loose. But then, I’ve known bottoms who were massive in front too, so Silver Badger could be right.

          • JCF
          • LonelyLiberal

            You know me, I’m always good for a rimming.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I don’t know who those men are, but dayum they’re hot!

          • Palmer

            Aarrrrggggg!!!

          • another_steve

            On the left is Tab Hunter — who came out rather late in life but was known to have relations with many a hot man in Hollywood, back in the day. Including Anthony Perkins of “Psycho” fame. Boy is still kickin’ — at age 84.

            On the right is one of his “good friends” — Roddy McDowall. Deeply closeted but assumed by many to have been queer. McDowall starred in many many movies and TV shows.

            Boyfriend died in 1998, age 70.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Thank you! I now realize that I’m in deep need to complete my formation on contemporary queer history. All the help that I can get is welcome!

          • McShane

            I went through a HUGE, Ricky Wilson phase. I bought a peach colored Danelectro Pro reissue. Learned all of his odd tuning techniques and over time taught myself how to play whole albums. Super underrated guitarist, super unique sound. Massive impact on my life.

            https://49.media.tumblr.com/d4f7aac950fae40baecc6363cceebc44/tumblr_nyre60irTd1umn0yeo1_400.gif

          • TuuxKabin

            I was nutzo for them from the get go, and Ricky stood out real well, even for being in the back ground, and I’ve always wanted to dance with Fred!

    • zhera

      Raxicoricofallapatorius

      • stuckinthewoods

        Don’t you get dumophlegitis from taking that?

  • EdmondWherever

    When we get there, we might find that the inhabitants already have names for their home planets.

    • another_steve

      And they’ll probably be boring.

      “Planet Elm.”

      “Planet Maple.”

      “Planet Third From the Left.”

    • LonelyLiberal

      “Earth,” or the local equivalent, of course. What else would you name your home, if it happens to be your native planet?

      Not that we’re at all likely to be able to pronounce it, though. Some species probably speak by interpretive dance. 🙂

      • EdmondWherever
      • GanymedeRenard

        Isn’t it ironic that we call our planet Earth, when 75% of it is water?

        • HAAAAAAA

          Only 75% of its surface is water.
          And pardon me for being a science nerd 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            I should have specified that I was referring to the surface, my bad. It must also be noted that, while scientists don’t know what exactly lies beneath, it is widely believed that the center is basically made of nickel and iron – with some aluminum, lead, and probably gold and platinum in the mix. If anything, our planet should be called Metal. 🙂

          • I was told that if the earth were shrunk down to a steel ball bearing with a 1 foot diameter – the fog of your breath would approximate the surface water depth.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Well, yes, but I guess because we’re not aquatic creatures. Otherwise, this would be Ocean. 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            Good point!

        • Joseph Miceli

          Every wonder what the whales call it? You may be more correct than you realize.

          • HAAAAAAA

            Every wonder what the ants call it?
            There are more than 20,000 species of ants all over the world. When ants fight, it is usually to the death!

          • JCF

            Ooh, I saw that movie! (See re “George & Gracie”)

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW7neKZFKE0

    • Joseph Miceli

      Yes, but since humans can not reproduce the sound of two legs rasping on each other to produce communication, we’d probably have to give the language Earth equivalents anyway.

  • KnownDonorDad

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Good. They didn’t use up any names that would likely be used for the new one that’s probably in our system.

    • TexasBoy

      Nibiru

      • RainbowPhoenix

        No.

      • William

        Bundt Cake.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Kermit

    • LonelyLiberal

      My “vote” (since we probably don’t get one) is for Persephone.

      • RainbowPhoenix

        I’m pretty sure that’s already taken by an asteroid. Plus it’s Greek; Proserpina would be more appropriate, but it’s taken too.

        • IamM

          You can reuse names sometimes as long as the things are classified differently and it’s not likely to be confusing, and most named asteroids are usually referenced by name and number together.

          I’d like to keep up the Greco-Roman pantheon & relatives theme for planets. Maybe Erebus, Chaos, or Chronos (who Wikipedia claims is not the same as Cronos [Saturn to the Romans] ).

          Maybe Mneme, Terpsichore, Urania, or Eurydice? Memory, the muse of dance, muse of astronomy, Orpheus’s lost love.

          • RainbowPhoenix

            As far as I’ve been able to find, the Anemoi have managed to avoid having anything named after them. Since Septentrio was responsible for bringing winter, he seems the most appropriate for something so far out, while still keeping an automatic naming theme for moons.

      • Soren456

        Nymphadora here.

  • robirob

    I hope they don’t fuck it up and name a planet Planet Claire and it’s not as described in the B-52s song.

  • TuuxKabin

    As long as there are bars there.

  • Octavio

    We of Smackmar laugh large in your puny faces. You should hear what we call your Earth. Bwaa! Ha, ha, ha Hah! 🙂

    • I should know better than to read your posts when consuming an adult beverage!

    • MDB

      Planet Henderson, Hah !!!

  • Larry

    NASA will not talk about V838! They took the pictures of 2005 bird like being in a dust cloud. Then in 2006 someone holding a baby with visible hand at bottom.

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:V838_Monocerotis_light_echo_(HST,_November_2005_and_September_2006).jpg

    • Brad Lathem

      NASA doesn’t talk about clouds shaped like smurfs either

    • LonelyLiberal

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

      It’s a powerful effect since we’re programmed to fit what we see into things that are familiar to us.

  • bkmn

    I think planet Poppers would be better.

    • hudson11

      along with its sister, ‘Planet Albolene’.

  • Let’s just go with minor deities like the Pagans did: Planet Jagger, Planet Bowie, Planet Beyonce, Planet Tequila and Planet Spielberg work for me.

    • DumbHairyApe

      Planet Bowie!!! Yes!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Still holding out for Yuggoth!

    • MBear

      …would you be happy if we just believe they borrowed “Dagon” from Lovecraft mythos?

      • Joseph Miceli

        Only if it is eventually found that Deep Ones live there!

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Planet Claire!

    Planet Claire has pink air
    All the trees are red
    No one ever dies there
    No one has a head

  • DaddyRay

    How about Planet Palin – we could send the entire family there immediately to plant the flag

    • Jeffg166

      They a ready live on their own planet. Think it’s call Wacco.

    • Joseph Miceli

      I give them 1 year in the wild before they descend into cannibalism and incest, you betcha!

  • DaddyRay

    Planet Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah
    https://youtu.be/suafkk2vWNI?t=23

    • Joseph Miceli

      I do not recommend dropping acid and watching this.

  • JaniceInToronto

    OK. So theres no Santorum world, right?

    • DaddyRay

      That is on the shitty side of the Universe

      • DumbHairyApe

        Frothy seas.

    • Canadian Observer

      It circles a brown dwarf.

    • hudson11

      good set-up! the responses had me almost spill my coffee.

  • JaniceInToronto

    Is Kolob still taken?

    • Soren456

      I’m sure it is.

      And you need special underwear to land there.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Yes, the Mormons took it! Just ask the Scientologists – they took Xenu!

  • TuuxKabin
  • KarenAtFOH

    The Weather Channel is rushing their own submissions as we speak.

    • TuuxKabin

      Gawd, they have a name for everything, don’t they.

    • EDinMCO

      Really? I figured The Weather Channel would be too busy tracking Wind Gust Herman in the east and Dust Cloud Ophelia in the west. I’d submit my own suggestions if I wasn’t so busy preparing for Sun Shower Doris. Gotta get the milk and bread!

      • bkmn

        They have been having a hard time tracking and naming wind gusts depending which direction tRump faces when he speaks.

      • Soren456

        Don’t forget toilet paper.

  • Friday

    My ex got a NASA job once and was like, “Hey, if I get to name a star in your honor, what should it be,” I was like, “Can you get a nebula? I want future space explorers to be consulting charts and see “Here There Be Space Monsters.” 🙂

  • Silver Badger

    I like Fred or Mabel. Lucy and Ethel are good too. George works.

    • William

      How about planet Beulah or Mildred?

      • Silver Badger

        Absolutely!

    • Soren456

      Why not Ricky?

      I’d buy land on Planet Ricky.

      • Silver Badger

        Why not!

  • TKW

    Divine.

  • TKW

    Janet Planet, dammit!

  • TKW

    Planet Clare.

  • Adam Stolfi

    We’ll all need to be careful to pronounce “Intercrus” properly.

  • PLAINTOM

    Planet Fundy, now leave the rest of us in peace.

  • Soren456

    I wonder what that Mormon guy who got shot in Oregon will name his new planet.

    Maybe Planet Nitwit?

    • LonelyLiberal

      Too hard to spell. Planet Derp, probably.

  • MDB

    Is Vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur
    taken yet ??

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
    • lymis

      No, but Raxacoricofallapatorius is, at least on TV.

    • LonelyLiberal

      In typical human fashion, it would be rechristened “Va’r” in about three seconds.

    • Leo Tallant

      Isn’t that part of a song from Disney’s Marry Poppins?

  • William

    One solar system of planets should all be named for dessert toppings.

    • TexasBoy

      Imagine…we could call it the Sundae System…with 6 planets; Ice Cream, Sprinkles, Caramel, Whipped Cream, Nuts (the Republican planet) and Cherry.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Don’t forget the all important banana, or else split. 😬

        • William

          It’s not a banana split without whipped topping. I noticed in Canada, Cool Whip is sold in spray cans.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
          • William

            We aren’t permitted to have spray Cool Whip in the US.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            You can’t open carry your can of Cool Whip in Texas? What about the 2nd amendment?

          • William

            No cans of Cool Whip in Texas, only plastic tubs. It must be all about safety. Can’t have terrorists walking into a room and spraying people with whipped dessert topping.

      • lymis

        I think Sprinkles should be the name of its asteroid belt.

    • GanymedeRenard

      How about names of famous porn actors?

      • William

        Then you get into that Matt Ramsey/Peter North debate.

        • GanymedeRenard

          I’m more along the lines of Rocco Siffredi vs. Nacho Vidal (or Jeff Stryker and Lukas Ridgestone in gay porn). 😉

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Somewhere in the Ursae Majoris constellation, stands my own beloved planet Ursa Gulielmus.
    https://img0.etsystatic.com/016/0/5428550/il_fullxfull.430088446_ougn.jpg

  • Larry

    Eye in the sky?

    • RainbowPhoenix

      That’s almost as creepy as when Ganymede’s shadow passed right in front of the Great Red Spot.

  • stuckinthewoods

    Perhaps you didn’t see these. The scientist who killed Pluto now concludes there is a ninth major planet.

    http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/scientist-who-killed-pluto-now-concludes-there-is-a-ninth-major-planet/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6poHQ2h00ZA

    • lymis

      First, they’ve mathematically calculated that a ninth planet accounts for the perterbations in some other celestial bodies.

      Second, they didn’t “kill” Pluto – they recognized that if they continued to call it a planet, our solar system would need to contain a couple hundred planets, some of the known bodies larger than Pluto.

      • stuckinthewoods

        Nevertheless, the catchy headline of the article got you to read it.

    • RainbowPhoenix

      That news was posted here about a week ago.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Should have saved the name “Nyx” (Night) for this one instead of that stupid rock circling Pluto. Nyx was the goddess of Night and the only deity that even Zeus tread carefully around. More than appropriate for a dark planet whose long orbit may perturb the Oort cloud every eon or so and send comets tumbling down to trouble the inner solar system.

  • Paula

    With all of my luck, I would get a planet named Mud, just plain Mud.

    • William

      Mine would be ‘Cloud 8’.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    What? No planet Caladan, no Giedi Prime, no Arrakis??

  • BuffaloDan

    Which country/scientists will be brave enough to call “Plan(et) Nine” “Nemesis”?: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_(hypothetical_star) .
    ‘Cause I wanna live with those delicious freaks!

  • motordog

    I’m glad Hypatia got some recognition.

    • Silver Badger

      Not many people know who she was, a great lady and scholar of her time, murdered by the christianists of her time.

      • motordog

        Indeed…I learned about her from Carl Sagan on the original ‘Cosmos’…been fascinated by her ever since.

  • BudClark

    PLANET BOWIE!