According tomedia reports, in general, when the body is named, are a long list of letters and numbers, which may be difficult to remember. This means that many celestial bodies end up with nicknames that are easier to say and remember. However, NASA now says some of the nicknames given to the celestial body are “insensitive” and will be phased out.
Among the names that will be eliminated are the Eskimo Nebula and the Conjoined Twin Galaxy. According to NASA, “often seemingly harmless nicknames can be harmful and harmful to science.” The agency said the scientific community is working to “identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality” and noted that some cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can also be positiveandly harmful.
NASA says the planetary nebula NGC 2392 is the remains of a sun-like star near the end of life and will no longer be known as the Eskimo Nebula. The space agency did acknowledge that the term had racist roots. “Eskimos” is considered by many indigenous people to be a derogatory term. The term was used by the colonists to mean “the man who eats raw meat” and is intended to mean barbarism.
The spiral galaxies NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, known as the Conjoined Twin Galaxy, will also be stripped of their nicknames. Conjoined twins “are described as an ancient term, and used to refer to conjoined twins. The phrase comes from the brothers Chang and Eng Bunker, the conjoined babies, who were born in Siam, now Thailand.
NASA says it will only use the official name of the International Astronomical Union to refer to these objects in the future. It is not clear whether the objects could be nicknamed if they were not considered inappropriate or racially discriminatory.