NEW HORIZONS: Shedding Light on Frontier Worlds

Help us Nickname a Distant World

On January 1, 2019, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly past a small, distant, and cold world at the outer frontier of our solar system. The spacecraft is about to set the record for visiting the most remote world ever explored by humankind.

For now, our destination goes by the unexciting name "(486958) 2014 MU69", or "MU69" for short. We would like to use a more memorable nickname when we talk about our target body.

At this site, we are asking you—the public—to suggest your ideas for the nickname to assign to MU69, and to vote for your favorites. The New Horizons team and NASA will review your best ideas and announce our selection soon—in early January, 2018.

After the flyby, once we know a lot more about this frontier world, we will work with the International Astronomical Union to assign a formal name to MU69.

From here you can:

  • Read about the nicknames we are already considering.
  • Vote for your favorite names on the ballot (so far).
  • Nominate names that you think we should add to the ballot.
  • Check out the top-ranked names on the vote tally.

The campaign will close at noon Pacific Time (20:00 GMT) on December 1, 2017. Thank you for participating!

–Mark Showalter and the New Horizons Science Team