Orcus Moon Named

Mike Brown has announced the winner of his Name-the-Moon-of-Orcus contest. Noting several suggested names were pulled from D&D, Tolkien, or Disney, he finally decided to suggest the name Vanth, who is traditionally paired with Orcus in Etruscan society.

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Name That Moon

Astronomer Mike Brown is seeking suggestions for the moon in orbit around Kuiper Belt Object Orcus. The moon, discovered in 2005, currently bears the less than memorable designation “S/1 90482 (2005).” In his description of the object, Brown notes that Orcus is named for the Etruscan god of the dead, who was subsumed into the Roman Pluto.

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