Written by Jeff Snyder
Sometimes, there is a story that crops up that just makes me giggle, or an idea comes up that just seems so fun, that I just have to share it. As many of you have realized by now, I am a huge Whovian. Yes, I write on other things, but Doctor Who is what could be considered “my jam”. Well, a recently discovered planet may soon be renamed Gallifrey if a petition on Change.org has it’s way. As of writing this, over 110k people have signed the petition, requiring only 39k more to force the International Astronomical Union to consider the name. It’s certainly better than the current name of HD 106906 b. I mean, come on. Like you’re not even trying. Just so everybody know, the precedent for renaming celestial bodies has been set with the renaming of two of Pluto’s moons from P4 and P5 to Kerberos and Styx. Why they named a moon after a 1970’s rock band escapes me. Especially when the one is named Kerberos, the dog guarding the underworld, and the planet is Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld. They should have named it after that river you have to cross. The name escapes me right now, so if you know, please give me a heads up. It’s going to bother me the rest of the day.