Of course the real loser in this sudden, unceremonious, and – let’s say it – RUDE voting-off of Pluto from the solar system is Clyde Tombaugh, the American astronomer who discovered the would-be planet in February of 1930, and now whose claim to fame has been posthumously snatched from him (he died in 1997). Sure, the asteroid 1604 Tombaugh is named for him but in these days when almost anybody can name a star, that’s paltry and will not be covered in the test. So we’re sad. (And, oh, how your astronomer buddies must have LOL when they made you pose for that photo, Clyde!)
OK, now we’re not sad anymore and would like to know how Pluto got named Pluto in the first place. Wouldn’t you? Wikipedia knows:
The name “Pluto” was suggested by Venetia Burney, then an 11-year-old English school girl, who is still alive and living in England. It won out over numerous other suggestions partly because it was named after the Roman god of the underworld, who was able to render himself invisible, and partly because Percival Lowell’s initials PL formed the first 2 letters. The name Pluto was officially adopted on 1 May 1930.