It all went wrong in 1790
Uranus was supposed to be called George, but it was over ridden by international agreement. Its still the superior name.
A planet formation expert has decided he's not happy with the International Astronomical Union's insistence that exoplanets will be known solely by their "assigned scientific designation", and has come up with names for the 403 such bodies discovered to date. Wladimir Lyra chillingly made "extensive use of Wikipedia" to find …
At the rate they're discovering exo-solar planets at the moment, we're going to need to get the Greeks and Romans to invent some more low-order deities. Lots of 'em and quickly too.
They could run out of material pretty fast and I pity the poor colonists in a few thousand years' time, who draw their first breaths on their new homeworld named after the god of recently discarded pyramid teabags....
Having looked at his list, would have been to check that there weren't other existing planetary bodies with the same names.
asteroids (Romulus, Tros, Thetis)
a moon of Saturn (Prometheus)
after all there's been plenty of time for the classical figures to already have been used in naming.
The records for this renaming can be found in the basement of the Department of Naming Conventions and Deli located at Magrathea, since this is where the planets were built to begin with.
Any claims to misidentifying planets can be filed with the Vogons, in triplicate, on the fourth Saturday of each decade, not counting leap years.
The Wikipedia entry on Peristera clearly states that the name is the "feminine form of pigeon." I guess that he must have been using a script to dig out all of the references, because he certaintly didn't read them. After all, this is a Greek island with only five people living on it.
If Terry Pratchett is to be believed (of course he is!), there actually is a god of recently discarded pyramid tea bags (and many other small things).
I built a small temple to Him in the corner of my kitchen. I see no point causing offence if it can be avoided.
Why stick to Roman mythology? They are fine for our own solar system, but for other solar systems, you could use names from Norse, Hindu, Polynesian, Egyptian or other mythologies.
To be consistent, you would restrict each mythology to a single solar system. That would probably make us run out of mythologies fairly quickly, though, but then we can use fictional "mythologies" such as from The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars etc. How about a solar system with planets called Tatooine, Alderaan, Dagobah and Naboo and another with planets called Gandalf, Galadriel, Beren, Hurin and so on?
Deep six these daft names in favour of more sensible, apposite and appropriate ones taken from Laryy Niven's "Known Space" stories: We Made It, Wunderland, Jinx etc etc etc.
See: "A Gift From Earth", "Tales of Known Space" and "World of Ptaavs" amongst others for ideas here.
Alterantively, use names from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Barrayar" books. We could start with "Jackson's Whole".
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