Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Gliese 581.

What happened to planet names? Why do all new discoveries now have to have numbers in the name? At least this newest discovery has a name... Gliese, and it's not XRT581-Y. That would be the worst. Well the new planet is actually 581 C (I think that is right) and orbits the red dwarf star Gliese 581... but hopefully we can just call this new planet Gliese. We earthlings need to dream about people on other planets, that's just what we do. Right? The people who live on the new planet are Gliesians. But if they named the planet 581 C... would they be 581-Cians? How do you pronounce that?

To the people making these name decision, you may be all science-smart, but think about us normal folks out in the real world. Please name the new planets something fun and exciting. Pluto is a good name for a planet.