Name X to celebrate 80 years of Pluto

The story of how Pluto got its name is one that is well known – a child reading the report sent in the suggestion of Pluto via her grandfather. Now eighty years after Pluto’s discovery, a competition is being run to see what a modern Venetia Burney would name a new planet.

Entrants will be split into three categories:

  • Category 1 – under twelves
  • Category 2 – twelve and overs
  • Category 3 – school groups (class, school or team)

Entrants should write their category and chosen name in the subject line of the email. In the body of the email, they can give up to 25 words of reason for choosing the name and they must also give their own name, year, age and their school’s city/town, county and email address.

Winners in each category will get an A3 poster and copy of the film Naming Pluto, which tells Venetia’s story.

Further information and the competition’s address can be found here.


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