What's in a name

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 4:43pm


A chunk of rock about 4 billion miles away from Earth has just been given a name: Arrokoth. That's the word for "sky" in the language of the Powhatan, Indigenous Americans who originally inhabited eastern Virginia. Powhatan elders and tribal representatives have given their permission for the Native word to be used as the name of the rock.