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1 July 2010

After hundreds of submissions from 34 countries during the course of a month, Naming X, a global online competition launched in honour and memory of Venetia Burney Phair, who named the minor planet Pluto in 1930, aged 11, can reveal its winners and runners up!

In April 2010 Naming X asked young minds around the globe to suggest a suitable name for a minor planet and a reason why. Applicants were required to adhere to competition guidelines and suggestions were accepted in three categories, under 11years, +12years, and schools & groups.

Read the list of winning names on the Naming X website !

Winners will receive a signed certificate, telescope time care of and a copy of the award-winning documentary of Venetia’s story, and film poster, care of Father Films.

Winners’ suggested names will be included in a formal paper to the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Committee for Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN).

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