What Was Pluto Named After?

What Was Pluto Named After?

An 11-year-old girl from Oxford, England is responsible for naming Pluto. She suggested the name to her grandfather after being inspired by the name of the Roman god of the underworld. Lowell Observatory received the suggestion and believed it fit, seeing as the first two letter are also the initials of Percival Lowell.


Key Facts In This Video

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    The name for Pluto was suggested by 11-year-old Venetia Burney of Oxford, England. (0:00)

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    The Disney character Pluto first appeared the same year the name Pluto was suggested for the dwarf planet—but the dog was named Rover at the time. (0:25)

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    During voting for the name of the new dwarf planet, "Pluto" was the unanimous choice. (3:49)

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