A few days after announcing the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets in a star system known as TRAPPIST-1, NASA took to Twitter to ask the internet for help in naming the new alien worlds.
In a world post-Boaty McBoatface, we're pretty sure the space agency posted this request fully aware of what would happen. Needless to say, the public once again did not disappoint with its suggestions.
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets NASA— Christine Bottas (@Nyhterides) March 2, 2017
Earth 2— trutherbotred (@trutherbotred) February 25, 2017
Earth 2s Plus
Earth 2s Plus 128GB
Earth 2s Plus 128GB Black
Earth 2s Plus 128GB Rose Gold
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets— Aries19XX (@Aries19Xx) February 24, 2017
This one— Momentum (@MomentumComic) February 24, 2017
The other one
No, that one
More to the left
To my left
Oh, forget it#7NamesFor7NewPlanets
#7NamesFor7NewPlanets— ٰ (@UnicornTika) February 24, 2017
Ned Stark— MaᏝ⚡️ (@malrageasylum) February 24, 2017
Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Grumpy #7NamesFor7NewPlanets— Jordan Levy (@zajoninc) March 3, 2017
Planet McPlanetface— Idiotcracy (@idiotcracy) February 24, 2017
Located some 39 light-years away, TRAPPIST-1 is generating excitement because of the possibility that at least three of its planets may be capable of supporting life. The three, simply known as E, F and G, occupy what's known as the "Goldilocks Zone," or the region around a star capable of supporting liquid water on a planet's surface. In the coming years, NASA plans on employing new technologies, such as the deep space James Webb telescope, to further study TRAPPIST-1 and provide new insights on this fascinating corner of the universe.
Thankfully, there were a few brave souls who resisted having a laugh and offered up some genuinely good ideas for NASA to consider.
Locations of Seven wonders of the ancient world.
— U5MAN.AHM3D (@U5manA) March 2, 2017
— 🏳️🌈Mr. Oz🏳️🌈 (@slsmnds) February 25, 2017
— Gabriela Flores (@gfr1504) February 24, 2017