This link above will take you to a Change.org page Reguarding a recent galaxy found, Someone has started a petition to have the name changed to "Solis Magna" the system where the Entire G1 Bionicle story resides in, if this happens not only will Both the Bionicle fanbase and Lego prosper from this, but Bionicle will be immortalized in galactic history
If you are a true Bionicle fan G1 or G2 you WILL want to sign this ASAP!!!
Oy vey. This again. This petition has been brought up before, and I'll gladly support it. And before anyone else mentions it, yes, this does merit a new topic. The other topic was for discussing the system itself, not the petition unnecessarily long sentence.
~signture~ (Also: still say it looks like Raanu's shield.)
"NASA doesn't name celestial bodies. You can try googleing it, but I didn't get any meaningful results. Nobody with any authority tries to name celestial bodies because by and large, its a dishonest business. Anyone who actually wants to name a body probably doesn't understand how the names are used." - Imosa1
"You are correct, NASA doesn't name celestial bodies. The IAU is the scientific organization which names the objects we see in the sky.
Astronomical bodies are catalogued nowadays though, because if we tried to give a name to everything we saw in the sky with our ever expanding range of sight, it would take too long, and we would run out of unique names pretty quick. Most named bodies are given them because they turned out to be particularly unique, or are the center of study, so it's easier to reference them with a descriptive name. And as we all know, the planets and some stars have names because they were given them by early civilizations.
There are efforts to create a "Catalog of Named Galaxies", where a thousand of the most prominent galaxies would be given names similar to how we catalog and name species of animal, which I think is a cool idea. But it appears to be still in it early stages, and doesn't mention including nebulae such as the one in the petition.
With all that being said, NASA probably wouldn't do anything if the petition met its goal. They might pass a suggestion along to the IAU, but probably nothing beyond that. It's a neat idea to rename it, but I doubt it would happen, especially since Bionicle is a relatively obscure subject matter to most." - beermit