Live long and prosper: Vulcan wins vote to name Pluto moon
March 1st, 2013
04:24 PM ET

Live long and prosper: Vulcan wins vote to name Pluto moon

By Henry Hanks, CNN

Score one for Trekkers everywhere.

When two new moons were found near the dwarf planet Pluto, the SETI Institute asked the Internet to put it to a vote: What should they be named?

One of those names was Vulcan, best known in pop culture as the planet and alien species of Spock on "Star Trek."

Original "Trek" stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy took to Twitter to ask fans to vote for Vulcan.

According to the recently-posted results, it appears that Vulcan won by a wide margin. However, the final winner has not been officially announced.

Assuming that this vote total holds, we'll be looking at a real-life Vulcan orbiting Pluto in the next couple of months.

Are you excited by this most stellar event in "Star Trek" history? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. ecarlson1961

    Vulcan in both science and in science fiction is reserved for a hot body orbiting close to its star. With hundreds of extrasolar planets available, naming a tiny, cold, dark moon of Pluto Vulcan is a poor choice.

    March 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
  2. Mike Wrathell

    It's not logical that Pluto's nephew, Vulcan, would take precedence over his wife, Persephone. Go ahead and ask a Vulcan. I wish Trekkies would be more respectful of lore of a Pluto, instead of the magnetism of two doddering actors.

    March 8, 2013 at 4:02 am |
    • jsnow

      Excellent point, nerdicus nodateicus

      March 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  3. Shinzon

    A cold, dark moon of Pluto? Remus would have been a more appropriate name. However, that name has already been taken.

    March 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
  4. Bostontola

    The original Vulcan ( other than the god) was so named be caused it was hypothesized to be closer to the sun than Mercury. Ironic if we now name one of the coldest places Vulcan. Science fiction trumps science.

    March 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
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    March 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
  6. Lulany

    This is so great!. Been a Trek fan ever since I can remember so this news just put a huge smile on my face 🙂

    March 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  7. boofer

    What are they going to name Uranus?

    March 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Coflyboy

      Uranus already has a name: Uranus.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
  8. TheAntiChrist

    I would like to open a vote to call the moon congress. The lack of life. In fact the lack of anything but just plain mass.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • jsnow

      Ding ding ding. We have a winner. Only a matter of time before any subject becomes political.

      March 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
  9. pbernasc

    I thought Spok had pointy ears!!??

    March 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • tibs

      Yes he does but it's a little known Star Trek fact that Spok does not.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
  10. Craig

    Just glad Obama didn't force them to name it after himself.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • pbernasc

      man it must be sad to be you .. loser

      March 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
      • tibs


        March 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
      • Babs

        LoL, Pbernasc. Unfortunately, there is a "Craig" in every forum who cannot maintain their focus and stick to the topic at hand. Some losers can't get over it.

        March 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • tibs

      Yeah just like all those other things Obama has forced people to name after him.....oh wait, he hasn't.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
      • jsnow

        Obama is going to use his jedi mind meld on you.

        March 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Aletheya


      March 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  11. Craig

    Love it!

    March 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
  12. Frank

    Absolutely love the idea to name it Vulcan. I like the fact that it feels close to home as opposed to name a planet Vulcan which is 5000 light years away. They should name the other moon Pandora or Krypton.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  13. GIUK

    Rura Penthe would have been a more apt name.

    March 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm |
  14. ben

    Given that we name astronomical bodies after mythical figures, we should definitely name one of the new moons Yahweh.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • Joshua

      Now that's uncalled for, show some class man. Whether you believe in any god or not, there is a difference between naming something after a long dead, truly mythological figure like Jupiter and calling it a myth and calling the name of a god who is the deity of two world religions, both of which outlasted the Greek and Roman Mythologies a myth. That is ignorance at its finest.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
      • Anne Stewart

        There are still people who worship the Greek gods. Who are you to say your god is better than their gods.

        March 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Cata

      You know what I find ironic about atheists? They believe that we came from all this happened by magic? all feel people of faith are believing in magic...just find it ironic...not knocking it one way or the other...just we don't knock each other and show some respect...cause you never die and suddenly (just for arguement sake) you are facing Yahweh...Awkward!

      March 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
  15. Drew Newman

    But... but...Vulcan has no moons, nor is it, itself, a moon.

    Fine, I'll take it. Better than Hoth.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  16. Really

    Is it true that there is a ring around Uranus ?

    March 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • LoginFailure

      Ask Sheldon. He may demonstrate if given something to drink.

      As an aside I can't wait to see what Big Bang Theory writers make of this article.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • Anne Stewart

      I heard George Takei is a bottom. I am sure there is a ring around Hisanus.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • TommyB

      ...only when I don't clean well enough. 😛

      March 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  17. Wonder Woman

    AWESOME choice! It works on many levels and who cares about the actual gravity of the moon? It's the thought. It's acknowledging what Star Trek did for science all those years ago. Many children grew up and went into the sciences b/c of that show. It was strides ahead in showing people of different cultures all working together towards a common goal, something we all should aspire to. In fact, something Congress should be doing now, working together to solve this current problem, not playing their typical party games but putting the country and it's people first.

    Love long & prosper Vulcan, and all of you!

    March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm |


      March 1, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  18. Ira

    The name fits. Pluto is the god of the underworld. Pluto's existing moon, Charon, is the name of the boatman who ferries the dead across the river Styx. Vulcan, the god of fire, suits them.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
  19. Elsongs

    First the Star Trek people get a prototype space shuttle, now a Pluto moon? What have the Star Wars people ever gotten? No fair.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • peridot2

      STAR TREK came first. It's science-based and much of it has come true over the years: personal communication devices, the iPad, medical scanners, the Bridge for buildings, automatic doors, etc.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm |
    • guest

      "What have the Star Wars people ever gotten?"

      $4 billion from selling out to Disney

      March 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm |
    • tibs

      Fewer wedgies

      March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
      • jimmyray

        Thanks tibs. I needed the laugh!

        March 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
      • Kirby

        AWESOME! HAhahahaha! Best laugh I've had all week.

        March 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
    • LoginFailure

      Our wallets...

      March 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  20. dr greg

    Outstanding choice!

    March 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
  21. amondt

    Vulcan is supposed to be hot with a thicker hotter atmospher and higer gravity. I tiny cold rock around another tiny cold rock isn't approprate. Call it Andoria or Breen, two Trek worlds that are supposed to be cold!

    March 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • Jeff

      Vulcan is...make believe.

      So...if you want to name your stupid dog Vulcan...does that mean your dog should be hot with higher gravity?

      March 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm |
    • Admiral Pikachu

      I vote for Breen!

      March 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  22. tibs

    Actually the term Vulcan predates Star Trek by centuries. It refers to, among other things, the Roman god of fire. You'd think that as a journalist it might be worth mentioning that a word is for more then from Star Trek.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm |
    • Rog

      They were probably well aware of that fact, I think they just wanted point out that the name of the moon was picked because of Star Trek. Even though the name of mythological god existing before the TV show it had no influence on the naming of the moon and therefore of no relevance in this article.

      March 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  23. 1stResponder

    Tad C they wasted it? I have 3 streets named after Abe Lincoln in my TOWN, I think they will use a name more than once in the UNIVERSE

    March 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
    • Storung

      HAHA! Awesome feedback 1stResponder. That is so true!

      March 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
  24. Anne Stewart

    I think we should name it Lt. Sulu, because Lt. Sulu likes looking at Uranus.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • southsidemike

      @Anne Stewart: Unless you are really 12, Grow up

      March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
      • I Still Laughed

        Sorry if the puns aren't highbrow enough for you Mike! I am sure we all forgot that we needed to meet your standard for good jokes.

        March 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm |
      • Rog

        How about meeting the standard for a 'joke' before you even talk about 'funny joke'

        March 1, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
  25. cricket

    I loved Star Trek as I'm sure many did likewise. Vulcan is an ideal name for this new discovery.

    March 1, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  26. Tad C

    Feel like the name was wated on a tiny moon that no one will probably ever visit. Should have used it on a planet they found or something cool.

    March 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
    • Kaptain Howdy

      It will be the Moon of Pluto named Vulcan. The name would still be open for a planet named Vulcan in any solar system, and probably even multiple Vulcans in different solar systems. Bleh. You guys are over thinking this.

      March 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm |


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