Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fun facts: The official names for the recently discovered moons of Pluto have been announced

Illustration of Cerberus by Philippe Semeria
The new moons of Pluto, that were discovered in 2011 and 2012, have now been officially given the names Kerberos and Styx. The names were, in part, chosen by a naming contest which required that the names be from classical mythology and reference the underworld.

Kerberos (the Greek spelling of Cerberus) is the many headed dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld and Styx is the name of the goddess that ruled over the underworld river of the same name.