How cool a name is Quaoar?


I think Quaoar might replace Extopalopaketl as the name I’m going to give to my first-born. Wouldn’t you love to be named after a planetoid? No? Well, it’s better than Dweezil.

A new planetoid has been found that’s even further than Quaoar. To paraphrase the report:

A frigid, planet-like body about three-quarters the size of Pluto is thought to be the most distant object known in our solar system, NASA said Monday. The shiny, reddish object is located three times farther away than our furthest planet. Astronomers said the sun appears so small from that distance that you could completely block it out with the head of a pin. The object has been unofficially named Sedna after the Inuit goddess credited in tribal myths with creating the sea creatures of the Arctic. The formal designation for Sedna is 2003VB12.

Sedna: Coolest Place in the Solar System. I would have called it Vogon. Or hey, could we have pulled out Vulcan again?

There are two cool things about this post:

  1. There’s already an entry about this planetoid in Wikipedia. Instant information! The Uncle Ben’s of encyclopaedias.
  2. While trying to find a Wiki entry for Dweezil Zappa I discovered that, coincidentally, there is an asteroid named after his father called (3834) Zappafrank. I can’t find out anything about this guy that isn’t cool. What we need now is a Jay-Zappa remix. They did it with Weezer, why not the Great One? (Cheers, Richard.)

Comments 15

  1. NRT wrote:

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    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 12:37 pm
  2. Eve wrote:

    No worries, thanks a lot!

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 1:16 am
  3. The Rev wrote:

    This whole Sedna debacle in regards to the name is ridiculous. Every planet and moon in the solar system has been named after a Greco-Roman god or goddess, and now some Australian dope is breaking with that tradition for no clearly explained reason. If one doesn’t like Vulcan, why not Bacchus, Juno, Janus, or Vesta? I’m sure Sedna’s a very nice god, but save her for extra-solar bodies.

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 1:17 am
  4. Eve wrote:

    Every planet and moon, yes. But this isn’t a planet or a moon.

    And there is a reason for the name; it’s so cold there, hence the Arctic and the whatnot. Sort of like a Poseidon-type dealie.

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 4:29 am
  5. The Rev wrote:

    True, it’s a planetoid at the moment, but they might upgrade it. When Pluto was first discovered, they thought it was a planetoid, and only later discovered that it had Charon and an atmosphere.

    And to redact a portion of my earlier post, some of the later-discovered moons of Uranus are named after Shakespearean characters (with Roman or classical-sounding names though), but these moons are subject to the same criticism as Sedna.

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 6:19 am
  6. Fraser wrote:

    I think the discoverer should name the planet(oid) and everyone else should lump it.

    Do we really have to continue cramming Euro-centric society down everyone’s throat?

    Are we branding space now?

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 11:35 am
  7. steph wrote:

    we’ve branded just about everything else, and so it’s really only a matter of time. every corporate-style entity needs a gimmick of some sort….

    Posted 16 Mar 2004 at 11:53 am
  8. Eve wrote:

    Oh come on, Stephanne. Drop the adbusters. Slooowwwwly… Slowly, don’t hurt it… Caaareful. There. There you go. Now walk away. Slooowwwwly…

    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 12:07 pm
  9. The Rev wrote:

    When the Inuit discover a planetoid, they may name it as they please. In the mean time, that devilish tool of Euro-centric oppression called “science” ought to at least pay homage to its intellectual roots and follow its own traditions in regards to such.

    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 1:59 am
  10. Eve wrote:

    If I discover a planetoid and I want to call it Zezozoze, I should bloody well be allowed to call it Zezozoze.

    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 2:37 am
  11. The Rev wrote:

    It’s not a question of whether you can or can’t. It’s a question of whether one ought to.

    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 3:26 am
  12. Eve wrote:


    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 8:33 am
  13. The Rev wrote:


    Posted 17 Mar 2004 at 1:42 am
  14. Fraser wrote:

    Wasn’t it the Egyptians who started mapping out the stars? You know… with that whole pyramid thing?

    We should rename the sun Amon-Re, and Mars Anubis.

    Posted 18 Mar 2004 at 1:08 am
  15. Eve wrote:

    Everyone mapped out the stars. The main system we use now is mainly influenced by Hyparcus.

    They did a whole bunch of stuff involving pyramids; the main shafts point towards orion, and the star around which everything rotated at that point (the north star had changed since then to Polaris due to recession…)

    Does this make any sense? I have no idea, I’m unfortunately quite drunk. Take everything with a grain of salt, do the research yourself.

    Posted 18 Mar 2004 at 1:50 am