Petitioning Midcourse Space Experiment Scientists and 3 others

International Astronomical Union: Change the official name of nebula NGC 6357 to the "Madokami nebula"


We, the undersigned, seek to have Emission Nebula NGC 6357 officially renamed as the "Madokami Nebula".  We have seen the nebula, and agree that it looks like our Goddess.  As the naming of celestial bodies after mythological figures has been a custom for over 1000 years, we humbly express our wish to have NGC 6357 named after our mythological figure.

Doing so would have no bearing on your fine organization, as the scientific name of the nebula would still be NGC 6357.  However, for us, the naming of 6357 as the "Madokami nebula" would mean the world to us.  We await your reply.

Letter to
Midcourse Space Experiment Scientists
IAU Press Officer Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer Deputy/Webmaster Raquel Yumi Shida
and 1 other
IAU Secretariat IAU Secretariat
We, the undersigned, seek to have Emission Nebula NGC 6357 officially renamed as the "Madokami Nebula". We have seen the nebula, and agree that it looks like our Goddess. As the naming of celestial bodies after mythological figures has been a custom for over 1000 years, we humbly express our wish to have NGC 6357 named after our mythological figure.

Doing so would have no bearing on your fine organization, as the scientific name of the nebula would still be NGC 6357. However, for us, the naming of 6357 as the "Madokami nebula" would mean the world to us. We await your reply.