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In the past, the use of this area of the solar system as a setting for science fiction has been limited to Pluto and completely fictional planets. However, as more trans-Neptunian objects have been discovered and the region has become better understood by astronomers, works of fiction have begun to reflect the region more extensively and realistically.
In "The Griffin Equivalency", the fourth episode of the second season of The Big Bang Theory, Rajesh Koothrappali is included in People magazine's "30 Under 30 to watch" list for his discovery of a trans-Neptunian object beyond the Kuiper belt. Officially designated 2008 NQ17, Raj had nicknamed the body "PlanetBollywood". The object is itself fictional, and no TNO has been assigned that designation.