NASA has asked Twitter users to name the seven newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system – and the inevitable has happened.
One of the top suggestions has been Planety McPlanetface – after the winnning vote in a competition to name a polar exploration ship.
Since that moment, it’s become traditional for prankers to try to take over naming competitions for everything from council gritters (Gritty McGritface) to beavers (Beavery McBeaverface).
NASA’s Tweet was immediately leapt on by cosmic pranksters suggesting that the new planets should simply be named Planety McPlanetface 1-7.
Others suggested ideas from Harry Potter, the seven Fast and the Furious movies and Game of Thrones.
Sadly, it’s unlikely that the planets will end up being called Planety McPlanetface 1-7 – as NASA’s poll is not binding, and the final name will be decided by the International Astronomical Union.
Planet McPlanetface 1
Planet McPlanetface 2
Planet McPlanetface 3
And so on…
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