Because Pluto is the Roman god of the underworld, the scientists started assigning informal names to the regions, drawing on underworld entities from mythology and literature.
A large splotch that resembles a whale was named Cthulu, a deity from a H.P. Lovecraft story. Other splotch names included Meng-Po, the goddess of forgetfulness in Chinese mythology; Balrog, a creature in J.R.R. Tolkiin’s “Lord of the Rings” books; and Vucub Came and Hun Came, death gods in Maya mythology.
“We got tired of calling it the dark spot on the left and the dark spot on the right,” said Jeffrey M. Moore, the leader of the geology, geophysics and imaging team.
Favorite H. P. Lovecraft story turned into film? Re-Animator rates up there. But ‘From Beyond’ gets my nod.