NASA asks Twitter to name TRAPPIST planets, Twitter steps up
Thursday, March 2, 2017, 1:51 PM - After the incredible announcement of seven Earth-sized worlds circling the nearby ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, NASA took to Twitter to ask the public to name these worlds. Here are ten of the best replies.
There's certainly been some "interesting" social media efforts to name things in the past. Who remembers "Boaty McBoatface"?
Still, that didn't stop NASA from putting the question out to Twitter, to find out what the public would name the seven known exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 star system.
While there have been plenty of joking replies, Twitter really seemed to step up their game for this one.
The Top Ten
Since there are seven alien planets, some obvious choices popped up:
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets Sleepy, Grumpy, Doc, Sneezy, Bashful, Dopey, and Happy— Just Steph (@snbrunner) February 24, 2017
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets— Gamepopper @GDC (@gamepopper) February 24, 2017
The Seven Samurai
There were classical and mythological suggestions:
Bach— JH (@JBHinOC) February 24, 2017
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets Midgard Asgard Vanaheim Jotunheim Niflheim Muspelheim, Alfheim Which leaves Svartalfheim and Hel for two moons.— Marit K. Brevik (@Maritkbr) March 2, 2017
The imaginative references to the "horcruxes" of the Harry Potter world, as well as the planets of Star Wars:
Tom Riddle's Diary— Alex (@the_alexb00k) February 24, 2017
Some very creative and funny entries:
An appropriate weather scheme (given the source), based on what the environment of each of these worlds may be like:
Possibly the best one, though, is based on the fact that the telescope that found these planets, TRAPPIST - which stands for TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope - is also the name of a Belgian beer and the breweries that produce that beer:
Going with that last suggestion is very appropriate, however it may prove limiting, if they discover more planets, and possibly even moons, in the system.
At the moment, there are a total of 11 breweries that produce Trappist beers, located in Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Italy and the United States. So, we may need to wait until we discover all of the objects in the system, just to be sure we'll have enough names to go around, before we commit to it (or perhaps just open up more Trappist breweries?).