|Marble Bust of Epicurus (PD)|
The ancients had their priorities straight. While naming distant worlds after gods, they would presumably gaze toward the heavens and think lofty thoughts.
Not so anymore.
Divine appellations such as Mercury (take a message), Venus (love rules), Mars (seeing red), Jupiter (King Jove), Saturn/Pluto (lord of where the sun never shines), and Neptune (oceans away!) are now being supplemented with proposed titles such as Carl, Dot, Neil, Tortoise, Carousel and Starry Bunnies.
All is not lost, however. Mike Wall of Space also lists these suggested names for exoplanets: Apollonis (an amusing Muse), Chrysaor (Pegasus’ baby brother), and Epicurus (at least philosophical).
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