NASA asks Internet to name new planets with predictable results

NASA asks Internet to name new planets with predictable results

No NASA McNASAface?

Last week NASA set the Internet abuzz with excitement when it announced it had discovered seven Earth-like planets orbiting a nearby star.

Now NASA has set the Internet abuzz with laughter when it asked people to name the planets in a tweet. Didn’t they learn from the Boaty McBoatface fiasco you should never let the Internet name anything?

The Internet responded with its usual enthusiasm for such things, offering the names of the Seven Dwarfs, the doomed characters from the Aliens films, the seven sins, the characters of the Friends cast and awe-inspiring titles such as “Planet McPlanetface,” “Slytherin’s Locket” and “Planet Hollywood.”

There were a few political messages thrown in, such as “Hillary / Rodham / Clinton / Won / the / Popular / Vote” and “Far From Trump” 1-7.

There were also some expected sci-fi names, such as “Vulcan” and “Vader,” as well as more serious attempts to name the planets after astronauts who died in the line of duty.

Postmedia beer columnist Jan Zeschky even weighed in with his offering, naming the Trappist planets after Trappist breweries:

You can read them all at the #7NamesFor7NewPlanets hashtag on Twitter.

What do you think the planets should be named?

https://twitter.com/idiotcracy/status/835068305228574720

pdarbyshire@postmedia.com

CLICK HERE to report a typo.

Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email vantips@postmedia.com.

Your Header Sidebar area is currently empty. Hurry up and add some widgets.