What Was Pluto Named After?

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There is an interesting story behind naming the farthest known dwarf planet Pluto. An 11-year-old girl from Oxford, England is accountable for naming Pluto. She recommended the name to her grandfather after being motivated by the name of the Roman god of the underworld. Lowell Observatory accepted the proposal and believed it fit. The Disney cartoon character Pluto first acted the same year the name Pluto was proposed for the dwarf planet—but the dog was called Rover at the time. While voting for the name of the new dwarf planet, "Pluto" was the common choice.
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