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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:06 pm

... catchier than P4 and P5, at least:

The names of Pluto’s two smallest known moons, previously referred to as “P4” and “P5,” have been formally approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). P4 has been named Kerberos, after the three-headed dog of Greek mythology. P5 has been named Styx, after the mythological river that separates the world of the living from the realm of the dead. The moons join Pluto’s previously known moons Charon, Nix, and Hydra. According to IAU rules, Pluto’s moons are named for characters associated with the underworld of Greek and Roman mythology.

http://www.astronomy.com/en/News-Observing/News/2013/07/Plutos%20smallest%20moons%20receive%20their%20official%20names.aspx

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Post by groomsy on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:05 am

since it was denounced as a major planet years ago im surprised they even cared to name them now

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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:18 am

It does seem like the sort of things someone does when they're really bored ...

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