[AZ-Observing] Re: Minor Planet Naming Rules

  • From: DBogan3220@xxxxxxx
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:44:30 -0400 (EDT)

No Asteroid named Rascal! O c'mon now!  :)
 
Dwight  Skulking away...
 
 
 
In a message dated 9/10/2013 6:27:32 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
tpolakis@xxxxxxx writes:
In case  you find yourself stumbling across a previously undiscovered 
asteroid, the  rules are stated at the Minor Planet  Center.

http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/info/HowNamed.html

...wherein  it is written (on whatever it is that they write it on up  
there):

"Proposed names should be:
16  characters or less in length (including any spaces or punctuation)
preferably one word
pronounceable (in some language)
non-offensive
not too similar to an existing  name of a minor planet or natural planetary 
satellite 

Names for persons or events known primarily for their military or political 
 activities are acceptable only after 100 years elapsed since the person 
died  or the event occurred.

Names of pet animals are  discouraged.

Names of a purely or principally commerical  [sic] nature are not allowed.'


So there will be no asteroid  Wal-mart, Rascal, or Trayvonmartin to worry 
about for at least the remainder  of our lives.  Apparently the naming rules 
would allow an asteroid  !Nara!, so named after the !Nara! bush, even though 
it's really only correctly  pronounceable by Bushmen tribes.


Tom (just barely able to contain  his outrage)
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