NASA Asked Twitter To Name New Planets And It Backfired Terribly

It's Boaty McBoatface all over again...

An artist's illustration of the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets, in their respective orbits. Image Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech

NASA recently asked the internet to name the seven new planets they recently discovered, and it went exactly the way you’d expect.

Last month NASA discovered the existence of seven Earth-size planets 40-light-years away from us, which is relatively close. This is a massive find and could mean we are closer to possibly living outside of earth.

The system found has been called TRAPPIST-1 (The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) named after the device that helped scientists discover the exoplanets. What is known about these worlds so far is that they are rocky, closer to their sun than Mercury, and they have the potential for surface water which is the source of all life.

TRAPPIST-1f NASA/JPL-Caltech

The major concern so far is that the weather patterns on a majority of the planets are probably vastly different to ours, and much more extreme. NASA believes one planet resembles a giant snowball while others that are nearer to their sun could have lakes and water systems much like ours – meaning possible terrifying alien fish.

Sean Carey, the manager of NASA’s Spitzer Science Centre at Caltech/IPAC in Pasadena, California, said in a press release, ‘more observations of the system are sure to reveal more secrets.’

Before then, however, NASA needs to christen these beauties with sensible monikers. We’re sure they knew asking the public to throw in their two cents wasn’t the best idea but hilarious nevertheless, here are some gems.

 


 

Back to the drawing board NASA?

 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.