2003UB313 lacks a certain poetic flair we expect from the names of our planets.
Of course there will be a permanent name assigned at some point.
My I humbly offer the name "Shiva"?
I offer two reasons:
First, it is about time we acknowledge a mythology other that European in the names of our planets.
Second, in Hindu mythology Shiva is "The Destroyer." If there is still any currency to the idea that a planet-size body outside the orbit of Pluto occasionally sends big comets hurtling to the inner solar system and creating mass extinctions (such as the dinosaurs), then 2003UB313 could be that planet. Naming it for the mythological destroyer of the world seems only fitting.
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