In 1987 the asteroid 6235 Burney was named in Mrs. Mickey's dog. Sign Up.
When Venetia Burney's grandfather reads aloud from the newspaper about a new discovery--a "ninth major planet" that has yet to be named--her eleven-year-old mind starts whirring. Alan M.
Also, the first two letters were the initials of the observatory's founder, Percival Lowell, who had predicted the existence of a new heavenly body at the outer reaches of the solar system.
As a child she had joined in a game, in one of the university parks that involved placing lumps of clay representing the planets in such a way as to show their respective distances from the Sun.
Girl Who Named Pluto: Sign in close. Turner, as it happened, was in London for a meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society , where word of the new planet had members buzzing, and proposals for a name flew fast and furious. What's happening with Pluto today, and what's next?
You must select a newsletter to subscribe to. Phair was the persistent notion that she had taken the name from the Disney character.
Percival Lowell that such a planet existed and was in fact the result of a systematic search of several years in support of Dr. Click the button below to write your own review! At the end of May 1930, the director of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona, Vesto Slipher, announced that the name of the ninth planet would be Pluto.
User reviews Have you read this book? There was already a heated debate in Flagstaff and at the RAS meeting about what to call the new planet, but nobody involved had thought of Pluto. Turner then sent a telegram to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff stating: Phair tended to play down her stroke of genius.
Get smarter each time you open a new tab with the Curiosity Smart Tab Chrome extension. Venetia, on the fateful day that Pluto popped into her head, was having breakfast with her mother and her grandfather, Falconer Madan, retired librarian of the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
Who could not love the name? Grandfather loves the idea and contacts his friend at London's Royal Astronomical Society, who writes to scientists at the Lowell Observatory in Massachusetts, where Pluto was discovered.