NASA to cancel “insensitive” nicknames for cosmic objects including “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy”

Now even cosmic objects with names that could be offensive are having their names cancelled.

NASA announced it will reexamine nicknames for Cosmic Objects for terminology that could be offensive and insensitive.

The agency announced “As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “Eskimo” is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions”

Another name “Siamese Twins Galaxy” will also be retired.

The move is part of a broader move.

NASA explains “As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful.” They continue “NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”