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Make your mark in outer space: Help name two moons of Pluto

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute) Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Showalter (SETI Institute)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

You have a chance to make your mark on the outer reaches of outer space by naming two previously unknown moons of Pluto.

Astronomers want help naming the moons discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011 and 2012.

For now, they're simply called "P4" and "P5." That's about to change.

According to the SETI Institute's website, Pluto's moons in the past have been named from Greek and Roman mythology and are related to the ancient tales of Hades and the Underworld.

An online ballot has been established with potential names following that tradition, like Cerberus, the three-headed dog who guards the gates to the underworld, or Alecto, a hideous snake-haired monster who was a servant of Hades.

More positive mythical candidates include Heracles, or Hercules, the heroic demigod who slew the Hydra, or Orpheus, a gifted musician who became the only mortal ever to return from the underworld.

If you think you could do better than any of the suggested names, there's also a write-in form. If you make a good case, the astronomers will add your suggestion to their list of potential moon names.

Voting ends Feb. 25.

Go to PlutoRocks.com for more details and to cast your vote.

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