Pluto’s Moon Named After Star Treks Vulcan

One moon of Pluto has been named Vulcan. This was proposed, appropriately, by William Shatner from Star Trek. The votes were taken online allowing the public to vote. The two moons without a name were called boringly P4 and P5.

Pluto moons

Pluto moons

As hopefully most of you know Vulcan was the home planet of the first officer on the starship Enterprise played by Leonard Nimoy. SETI carried out the poll and agreed with the pick as it is the name of the God of fire in Roman mythology.

Pluto by NASA

Pluto by NASA

Unfortunately, if you liked the name that is, this isn’t the official name as official names are picked by the International astronomical union.

There are five moons around Pluto the other three being called Charon, Nix and Hydra. P4 safe was discovered in 2011 and P5 in 2012 and both about 20 miles in diameter.

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  1. Rob Green says:

    I am a Star Trek fan, and as such would prefer to suspend my disbelief a little longer….we should wait until we can tell if there are any planets around Epsilon Eridani, which is the star around which Vulcan orbits in the trek universe! I know its pedantic but that’s us science nerds for you ;)

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