NASA reveals new star names


US space agency NASA will make an exception for a relatively recently discovered nebula as part of its plans to rename several cosmic objects.

NASA spokesperson Con Stellation said the agency had decided to apply new names to a number of celestial bodies whose common names were no longer deemed acceptable (pictured).1nasa

“These include the planetary nebula commonly known as the Eskimo Nebula and the pair of spiral galaxies, in the Virgo galaxy cluster now referred to as the Siamese Twins Galaxy,” Mr Stellation said.

“The names have been used since the objects were discovered in the late 18th century but NASA acknowledges that they are now no longer appropriate and can cause offence.

“From now on we will be using only the official International Astronomical Union designations applied to these bodies — NGC 2392 for the Eskimo Nebula and NGC 4567 and NGC 4568 for the twin galaxies.”

But Mr Stellation said while some common names would be dropped in favour of official designations, an exception was being made for a constellation discovered only in 2016 in the cold and distant Republican Galaxy.

“There has been a lot of interest in this relatively newly observed body now known as MAGA45 (main picture),” he said.

“So to foster that interest NASA has decided to give it a new name, the Pussy Grabber Supernova.

“As students of astronomy know, a supernova occurs when high-mass stars reach the end of their life. When the core of the star collapses and its gases get so heated that it expands outwards beyond its corona or outer layer.

“Think of it like an ever-spreading virus, a corona virus if you will, that just keeps expanding before causing the star to explode or to collapse into a black hole.

“Sorry, under NASA’s new naming policy that should be a black lives matter hole,” Mr Stellation said.