Fri 02-13-98 08:58 am


LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An Italian astronomer is starting a campaign to get her fellow scientists to be a little more creative when it comes to naming celestial bodies.

Dr. Fiorella Terenzi says early astronomers came up with catchy names like Jupiter, Venus and the Milky Way. Today’s scientists come up with names like ALH- 84001, which happens to be the famous Martian meteorite that might be proof of life on Mars.

Terenzi has nicknames for many celestial sights including a quasar that shines so brightly she calls it Evita and a flashy, yet ephemeral meteor called Sylvester Stallone.

She’s nicknamed asteroid 4331 the Little Engine because it reminds her of the train in the children’s story, The Little Engine Who Could.

Terenzi has also dubbed one star Sophia Loren because it used to be luminous but is now fading gracefully.

Dr. Terenzi is the author of the new book, Heavenly Knowledge (Avon).

CONTACT: Dr. Fiorella Terenzi (great accent), Arrange with Gilly Hailparn; NYC; (212) ***-****

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