Names for Pluto’s two new moons

HubbleSite – Full story about “Pluto’s Two Small Moons Officially Named Nix and Hydra”
Pluto’s two newly discovered Moonlets now have names. And, in keeping with mythological tradition, the names for the new moons are Nix (the Greek Goddess of the Night) and Hydra (the monster with many heads that Heracles defeated).
I’m sort of disappointed. Nix is fine and dandy, but honestly, as someone interested in Greek Mythology, while I know of the Hydra-underworld connection, when I think of the Hydra, I think of Heracles, not of Hades.
Cerberus (Cerberos), the three headed dog that guarded the entrance to the Underworld, would have been a far better choice, I think.
And, don’t forget about Persephone! Only one of the planets are named after a woman, an 8-1 imbalance. I think she should get in on the action, too, but for a full planet.

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  1. “The mythological Hydra was a nine-headed serpent with poisonous blood. The Hydra had its den at the entrance to Hades, where Pluto and his wife Persephone entered the Underworld.”
    399 Persephone is a typical Main belt asteroid.
    It was discovered by Max Wolf on February 23, 1895 in Heidelberg. Since the discovery of 2003 UB313 there is minor speculation that its name may be taken away and replaced so that this “10th planet” can have the name Persephone. This is probably not likely to happen.
    Source: Wikipedia
    “Only one of the planets are named after a woman, an 8-1 imbalance”
    Earth was named after……?
    Terms that refer to the Earth can use the Latin root terra-, such as the word terrestrial. There is also the alternative Latin root tellur-, as used in words such as telluric, tellurian, tellurion and Tellurium. Both terms derive from the Roman goddess Terra Mater, who was also called by the presumably more ancient name Tell?s Mater. Scientific terms such as geography, geocentric and geothermal use the Greek prefix geo-, derived from Terra Mater’s Greek counterpart Gaia.
    Source: Wikipedia.
    Puts the ratio at 7-2 I think

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