2013-02-13 / Local & State

Contest Seeks Names For 2 Pluto Moons

By Marcia Dunn

AP AEROSPACE WRITER

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) – Want to name Pluto’s two tiniest moons? Then you’ll need to dig deep into mythology.

Astronomers announced a contest Monday to name the two itty-bitty moons of Pluto discovered over the past two years.

Three Pluto moons already have names associated with Hades and the underworld. They are Charon, the ferryman of Hades; the half-human, half-fish spirit Nix; and the multi-headed monster Hydra.

Twelve choices are available at the Web site “plutorocks.’’ Choices include the hero who slew Hydra, Hercules; and Styx, the river to the underworld. Write-in suggestions are welcomed.

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