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Pluto discovered and nearly named Percival

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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