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June 25, 2006

Pluto’s New Moon Names, Nix and Hydra, Approved

Pluto and MoonsI have always been fascinated by space and the universe.

So I was very interested to learn that Pluto’s new moon names are Nix and Hydra, which join Pluto’s previously known moon, Charon. As you may be aware, the nomenclature for naming a new moon or planet is based on characters in ancient mythology. The very recently approved these moon names.

Charon (also spelled Nyx) is the Greek goddess of darkness and mother of (the ferryman who brought the dead across the river Styx to the underworld), a fitting name since the Nix moon is barely visible. , on the other hand, is a multi-headed serpent, but I’m not sure how this relates to naming one of Pluto’s new moons after it.

I find it interesting that the nomenclature for celestial bodies is more organized that that of many companies, especially Microsoft.

In my May 18th Brand Naming: Live Has Many Lives At Microsoft post, I discussed how two divisions of Microsoft named different products “Live”.

Should Microsoft look to the stars for its naming convention? Or should they have conducted some brand name research?

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Posted by William Lozito at June 25, 2006 12:44 PM
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Wikipedia explains what the Hydra has to do with Pluto:

Its lair was the lake of Lerna in the Argolid, though archaeology has borne out the myth that the sacred site was older even than the Mycenaean city of Argos, for Lerna was the site of the myth of the Danaids. Beneath the waters was an entrance to the Underworld, and the Hydra was its guardian.


Thank you for your clarifying comment.

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