Pluto discovered and nearly named Percival

Posted on February 18th, 2014 by The British Newspaper Archive

Pluto was discovered on 18 February 1930, though the Nottingham Evening Post reported that the planet was very nearly given a different name.

The article states that Atlas, Prometheus, Tempus, Marconi and even Percival were considered as potential names.

Pluto almost named Percival

Nottingham Evening Post – Thursday 10 April 1930
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