The votes are in, and it looks like ‘Vulcan’ could be the new name for one of Pluto’s smallest moons.
After weeks of online ballot casting by people around the world, the poll asking the public to name two of Pluto’s moons — currently called P4 and P5 — ended today (Feb. 25).
As of 12 p.m. (1700 GMT), the polls closed with a total of 450,324 total votes cast since Feb. 11 with ‘Vulcan,’ a Pluto moon name proposed by Star Trek’s William Shatner, is the clear winner.
Damn you William Shatner! 😀 (My votes were Cerberus and Styx…)
“These votes don’t necessarily mean that P4 and P5 will end up being called Vulcan and Cerberus, however. SETI is going to recommend the winning names to the International Astronomical Union — the organization responsible for naming the moons.”
Read more here: http://www.space.com/19943-pluto-moons-name-poll-vulcan.html
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)
Image source: http://www.space.com/11431-photos-pluto-charon-moons-dwarf-planet.html