NASA to remove offensive nicknames for planets, galaxies and nebulae

NASA to remove offensive nicknames for planets, galaxies and nebulae
Nebula NGC 2392 (Image: NASA)

[Ed. – So long, Uranus. We hardly knew ye.]

The glowing remains of a star, blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, is officially called planetary nebula NGC 2392. But as a nickname, it has been called the “Eskimo Nebula.”

NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, have been called the “Siamese Twins Galaxy.”

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