The US space agency NASA is taking action based on the growing realization that certain names and worship are undesirable. “When identifying and dealing with systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames can not only be insensitive but also truly harmful.”
For example, an action that will take effect immediately is to change references to the planetary nebula NGC 2392 as the “Eskimo nebula.”
Another example is the release of the nickname “Siamese twin galaxy”, also discovered by Herschel, for the galaxies NGC 4567 and NGC 4568. “These nicknames have historical and cultural designations that are disgusting or undesirable and NASA has undertaken to do something about it. the. “Science depends on different contributions and benefits everyone, so that means we also have to make it inclusive,” NASA said in a statement.
cc photo: NASA Hubble Telescope