NEW HORIZONS: Shedding Light on Frontier Worlds

NOTE: Voting ended at midnight US Eastern time on Wednesday, December 6. (5:00 GMT Dec. 7)

Thank you for participating! NASA is reviewing the votes and nominees and will make its selection for the nickname of MU69 soon. Meanwhile, you can continue to review the 37 names that we considered and see the results of the voting. The campaign had 115,000 participants from 193 nations. We received over 34,000 nominees.

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 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 has been extended, and will now close at midnight US Eastern Time on December 6, 2017. (That's 5:00 GMT on December 7). Thank you for participating!

–Mark Showalter and the New Horizons Science Team