NASA is scrapping ‘discriminatory names’ in the universe


The American space agency NASA stop using offensive names for objects in the universe. For example, the Eskimo Nebula, the glowing remnants of a star, now lives with the scientific name NGC 2392.

“Eskimo is seen as a colonial term with a racist past, imposed on the native inhabitants of the Arctic,” explains the NASA.

Siamese twins

The name ‘Siamese Gemini system’ is also deleted. Those are two galaxies that merge into each other. The NASA From now on uses the scientific names NGC 4567 and NGC 4568. The space agency is looking for more offensive and undesirable nicknames in the universe.

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The International Astronomical Union deals with the official names in the universe, but these are mainly complex scientific codes full of numbers. Organizations themselves can choose to use names that are easier to remember. For example, the object Barnard 33 is also called the Horsehead Nebula, because it resembles the head of a horse.

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