Pluto Features Given First Official Names

September 7, 2017

It’s official: Pluto’s “heart” now bears the name of pioneering American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930. And a crater is now officially named after Venetia Burney, the schoolgirl who suggested the name “Pluto” for Tombaugh’s newly-discovered planet. Tombaugh Regio and Burney crater are among the first set of official Pluto feature names approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the internationally recognized authority for naming celestial bodies and their surface features. Read more

Source: New Horizons News Release

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