Last year the discoverers of the dwarf planet Gonggong hosted an online poll for the general public to choose between three possible names they thought appropriate: Gong-gong (Chinese), Holle (German), and Vili (Norse). These names were selected by the discoverers in accordance to the International Astronomical Union's (IAU's) minor planet naming criteria, which state that objects with orbits like that of Gong-gong must be given names related to mythological figures that are associated with creation. The three options were also picked because they are associated with water, ice, snow, and the color red, which are all characteristics of Gonggong. The voting session ended on 10 May 2019, with Gonggong being the most voted name.

Gonggong is a Chinese water god who is depicted in Chinese mythology and folktales as having red hair and a human head with the body of a serpent, or a human head and torso with the tail of a serpent or dragon.

"Gonggong is located in the scattered disc, and it has an orbital period roughly equivalent to that of Eris at 551 years. Its inclination off the ecliptic is only 30.7°, though, which is about 15° less than that of Eris. However, the eccentricity of its orbit is slightly greater than that of Eris. It is approximately the same size as Haumea. It will be in the sign of Pisces through the remainder of this century.

"The common theme to Gonggong’s myths is that he crashed his head into Buzhou Mountain in a fit of pique and desperation, causing the Earth to tilt on its axis, giving rise to the seasons and changing the courses of rivers, as well as the rotation of the Earth. In that respect he has similarities with Ceres, though he is a male god. He, too, represents turning points, but his turning points are more in the realm of mind, given his bashing of his head into a mountain.


"Gonggong, like Pluto, has the attributes of a serpent. He brings healing, but it is healing in the mental realm. Science and technology progress through concentrated effort, trial and error, resulting frustration when a result does not seem within reach – as in beating one’s head against the wall – and then a sudden flood of insight once the breakthrough comes. The same is true of meditative work, which is what science is, essentially. The more important actions of Gonggong tend to be mental, rather than physical. When Gong-gong changes signs and constellations (both are valid), the pillars of prevailing thought are shaken or shattered, and the world view must then be adjusted to accommodate the new views. These new views, in their turn, then become the established pillars of human knowledge. 

"In one of the myths Gonggong was said to be stupid, but what emerges from apparently ignorant actions is actually the road to truth and insight in the end and shows the promise of mental efforts well-directed and pointedly focused." Malvin Artley

If you want to find the position of Gonggong in your chart you can find an ephemeris for Gonggong on Zane Stein's site.

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