Gonggong (or formerly 2007 OR10)

This is a follow-up to my post “The Mighty Dwarf,” about the naming of 2007 OR10. I’m please to say she received her official name after her discoverers – Megan Schwamb, Michael Brown, and David Rabinowitz held an on-line naming poll in 2019. The choices were taken from various mythologies – Gonggong (Chinese), Holle (German), and Vili (Norse legend).

Based upon her physical characteristics, her discoverers favored Goinggong, which had associated names that could be applied later to her satellites. They’ve reserved naming rights to these for some future date, when they might know more defining detail. On February 5th, 2020, the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) accepted the name and officially announce Gonggong as a minor planet.

I confess I still like the idea of nicknaming her “Rose Red,” for Snow White’s sister, but her official name is certainly easy to remember. A real bell-ringer!

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