Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Astrophysicist Wants Tenth Planet Named After ‘Dr. Who’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Now that scientists may have discovered a tenth planet beyond Pluto, the real question becomes what to name it.

But while planets are traditionally named after characters in Greek mythology, one Los Angeles-based astrophysicist believes a better name choice would come from the world of science fiction.

The newly discovered planet is currently called “2003 UB313” but Dr. Franklin Ruehl is lobbying his fellow scientists to name the new planetary body “Gallifrey,” after the home planet of Dr. Who, the star of the long- running BBC sci-fi series.

Ruehl says not many people are into Greek mythology these days and figures a sci-fi-inspired name will help inspire interest in the galaxies.

He’s lobbying for the planet to be named “Gallifrey” because Dr. Who is his favorite show, but admits he’d be okay if it’s named after Tatooine from Star Wars or Vulcan from Star Trek.

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