Did You Know…An 11-year-old is responsible for naming Pluto.


In 1930, the Royal Astronomical Society was struggling to come up with a name for a newly-discovered planet. They had considered Minerva, Zeus, Atlas, and Persephone—an 11-year-old named Venetia Burney Phair suggested Pluto. The idea eventually reached the Royal Astronomical Society with the help of the girl’s connected family, her librarian grandfather knew many astronomers, they loved it and ultimately decided to use the suggestion.

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