Quaoar (also known as 2002 LM60), a TNO that was discovered on June 4, 2002 by astronomers Chad Trujillo and Michael Brown at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), is named after a creation deity of the Native American Tongva people, native to the area in which Caltech is located. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially approved the name Quaoar [1-3].
The following list shows a few other TNOs with their name-giving gods and godesses. This list has been extracted from a page by Denis Moskowitz, who has designed beautiful, magically inspiring symbols for some TNOs based on the “life” or a characteristic attribute of the name-giving deity .
- Eris (2003), named after the Greek goddess Eris (also worshipped in modern Discordianism)
- Ixion (2001), named after the Greek mythological figure Ixion
- Haumeaon (2005), named after the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth
- Makemake (2005), named after the Rapanui fertility god Makemake
- Orcus (2004), named after the Roman god Orcus (god of the dead)
- Sedna (2003), named after the Inuit goddess Sedna
- Varuna (2000), named after Hindu god Varuna
I am wondering, if the world's cultural and spiritual heritage will provide enough deities for all the TNO discoveries to come with future advances in space observation and voyaging.
Keywords: astronomy, planetary science, solar system, mythology, nomenclature.
References and more to explore
 Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Pluto Files. W. W. Norton & Company, New York and London, 2009; see footnote on page 90.
 Universe - Galaxies and Stars > Quaoar is a Trans-Neptunian object orbiting the Sun: www.universe-galaxies-stars.com/50000_Quaoar.html.
 NASA > A Cold New World: science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/07oct_newworld/.
 Denis Moskowitz: Symbols for large trans-Neptunian objects [www.suberic.net/~dmm/astro/tno.html].