Monday, December 17, 2012

Name That Asteroid!

So here's the conversation...

Me: Hello, my name is (101955) 1999 RQ36.
You: That's a terrible name!
Me: Well, it's not my fault. I'm just an asteroid, and I was given a boring science name by the geniuses at the Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. What the heck am I supposed to do?
You: Wow! That name is just as bad as yours! Well, maybe a bunch of kids could send in suggestions for new names. Then you could get a really cool name instead of that other ridiculous name that nobody can remember.
Me: Wow, what a great idea!

So, if you're under the age of 18, here's your chance to...NAME THAT ASTEROID!

You only have until December 31, 2012 to get that name sent in. So put on your thinking caps and come up with a good one. Maybe your name will get chosen and you will be the one that gets to say, "Remember that asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36? (You'll have to remember the name because it will be YOUR asteroid at this point) Well, I'm the dude/chick who gave it its cool new name (insert name here)." Then you'll put it on a t-shirt and be famous for the rest of your life, and everyone else's, because asteroids usually stay in space for like millions and billions of years.

There are some guidelines to naming the asteroid. For instance, you can't just name it whatever you want. Scientists won't be very happy if you try to name it Inky Pinky Squigglebottom, H.R. Pufnstuf, or some other silly name like Lemony Snicket. Read the guidelines, submit your suggestion, and keep your fingers crossed! If you win, we'll have a big party for you here at the library! Promise!

Click this link for all the details. Name That Asteroid!