Meg Schwamb • Would possibly 29, 2019
The Folks Have Voted on 2007 OR10’s Long run Identify!
The consequences from the 2007 OR10 naming advice pageant are in! Due to everybody who voted up to now month. We’ve been blown away via your reaction. We counted greater than 280,000 votes in overall!
I had sought after to have some more or less public involvement in selecting the naming advice for 2007 OR10 since just about 10 years in the past. I used to be interested by what it will appear to be when I used to be packing up after grad faculty to transport from Pasadena to New Haven for my first post-doctoral analysis positions. I’ve moved a couple of extra occasions, New Haven to Taipei, Taipei to Hawai`i. Every time, I thought of 2007 OR10 and whether or not I might ever get this public marketing campaign off the bottom. Now I’m transferring once more, just about to the other facet of the sector from Hawai`i. In between transferring bins and forms, I’ve been keeping track of the 2007 OR10 vote. Listed here are the overall effects.
Gonggong is the winner! Vili took the lead for an extended whilst, however within the ultimate stretch Gonggong surged, taking the lead. Gonggong is a Chinese language water god with purple hair and a serpent-like tail. He’s recognized for developing chaos, inflicting flooding, and tilting the Earth. A becoming selection.
So are we able to get started calling 2007 OR10 Gonggong? Now not reasonably but. Gonggong is the fan favourite title for this icy far-off international, however the World Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Committee for Small-Frame Nomenclature has the overall say. Now, Mike, David, and I can write up the proposal quotation with some textual content about why Gonggong is a suitable title for 2007 OR10. We will be able to post the title and supporting textual content to the Minor Planet Heart, which is able to ship it onward to the World Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Committee for Small-Frame Nomenclature.
The IAU Committee for Small-Frame Nomenclature has the overall say and may settle for or reject the naming advice. Most often, the Committee adopts the title advised via the discoverers so long as it suits the naming tips. We attempted to search out mythologies from the world over that have compatibility the IAU naming standards and whose beginning and traits comparable by some means to the houses we all know for 2007 OR10, so we predict there is a excellent probability Gonggong will turn out to be the professional title. If the best choice isn’t authorized, we can post Vili for attention. I don’t understand how lengthy it’ll take for the whole lot to be finalized, however we’ll stay you posted in this procedure. The authorized title might be revealed within the Minor Planet Circulars, issued per 30 days via the Minor Planet Heart.
What about its moon? As soon as 2007 OR10’s everlasting title is bestowed, the moon will also be named, however no longer via us. David, Mike, and I didn’t to find the moon, so it’s as much as the invention staff, Csaba Kiss and collaborators, to come to a decision what they might cherish to do. In step with the IAU laws, the title of the satellite tv for pc must be associated with mythology/title of the main frame by some means. It’s going to be nice for each those our bodies to now not be anonymous.
Want to know how to pronounce “Gonggong?” Listen here (pronunciation supplied via astronomer Quanzhi Ye).