How Pluto Got Its Name From An 11-Year-Old Girl

On 14th March 1930 in an ordinary Oxford home, 11-year-old Venetia Burney was eating breakfast, while her grandfather was reading through the Times of London. Her grandfather stumbled upon the story about the newly discovered planet found at the far reaches of our solar system.

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Recalling that all major celestial*celestial*
➤ (a) of or relating to the sky
➤ (a) relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
➤ (s) of heaven or the spirit
objects in our solar system are named after Greek and Roman God’s triggered a suggestion in Venetia’s mind to name the planet Pluto. Venetia had an inclination for classical mythology that was the reason behind the suggestion. Her grandfather who was the retired head of historic Bodleian Library at Oxford University passed on the idea to an astronomer friend. His friend was ecstatic about the name.

The name was then telegraphed to his colleague at the Arizona observatory, where the discovery was made. Everyone at the observatory unanimously voted in the favor of the name, and thus the ninth planet of the universe was named ‘Pluto’.

75 years later Pluto was stripped of the title as a planet. But its mysteries and charms still have scientist intrigued.