The final tally for the vote to name two moons of Pluto is in, and Vulcan has outpaced all its competitors.
Vulcan, and the second-place finisher, Cerberus, were the two top vote getters, with only Vulcan receiving over one hundred thousand votes.
Vulcan received 174,062 votes, followed by Cerberus at 99,432 votes. Rounding out the top five are Styx (87,858), Persephone (68,969), and Orpheus (51,197). In all, 450,324 votes were submitted.
“174,062 votes and Vulcan came out on top of the voting for the naming of Pluto’s moons,” said William Shatner via Twitter. “Thank you to all who voted!”
Winning the contest does not mean that the winning names will automatically be used, however. But Mark Showalter, leader of the teams that discovered the tiny moons, temporarily named P4 and P5, said that he is leaning towards the popular vote.
On the Pluto Rocks website, Showalter asked voters to “please be patient now [as] it could take 1-2 months for the final names of P4 and P5 to be selected and approved.