First encounter

We come in peace alien invasion

I’ve been inspired by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s recent discovery of 7 new earth-sized planets within the habitable zone around one star.  And what names did they give these beautiful babies of the Milky Way? An uninspiring: b, c, d, e, f, g, h – not even capitals!

But wait, it gets better. The star these planets are revolving around is named TRAPPIST-1 (short for Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope); but that name was created for commoners such as myself. It’s astronomical catalogue name is 2MASS J23062928-0502285. No wonder they ran out of imagination by the time they reached the planets.

I’m sure you could do better. What would you call them?

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