After someone with too much time on their hands this week revealed that the planet Uranus was first named Georgium Sidus (George's Star) by William Herschel to please his royal patron George III, there has been renewed interest in close inspection of heavenly objects.
Enthused by all the arse jokes the royal heir will have now to endure, the Royal Astromonical Society has decided to bring back naming planetary objects in a politically appropriate manner.
The next rogue asteroid on a potentially lethal collision course with earth will be named Tony Blair, with the largest of the less significant but highly destructive lumpen fragments following in its wake called Gordon Brown.
Fans of the X Factor and 'Got Talent' shows will be given the opportunity to name the product of meteor showers after their favourite celebrities. According to scientists, these transient specks of cosmic crap light up the sky for a moment then are gone. Occasionally one will make a big noise but have little enduring impact.
There are calls to speed up the process by assigning nick-names to already well-known astronomical bodies, such as Jupiter. The collosal gas giant has already been dubbed 'Eric Pickles' among the star-gazing community. Pluto, the last unfortunate minor planet to be downgraded to a mere icy ball circling the solar system's frozen outer margins will be henceforth be referred to as 'Cleggy'.
Thus far, however, there has been strenuous objection to re-naming the moon 'David Cameron's Big Shiny Face', except on the rare occasion when it is officially a 'blue moon'. Professor Arnold Fistula, a spokesboffin for the Royal Astronomical Society stated "Frankly the public rather like the moon, and we don't want everyone howling at it".