Would You Like To Name Some Newly Discovered Planet? Now You Can Do It!

Would You Like To Name Some Newly Discovered Planet? Now You Can Do It!

Such names as “Starry Bunnies” and “Tortoise” do not seem strange anymore.

Such names as “Starry Bunnies” and “Tortoise” do not seem strange anymore.

Every day astronomers discover new planets and stars outside our solar system; till the moment they have found 1,883 exoplanets and there are many other potential candidates being estimated.

But as usual, names of those ‘newbies’ tend to be really boring, like, for example, the star 51 Pegasi and its planet, 51 Pegasi b.

That’s why the International Astronomical Union decided to rely on public’s help, thus 20 of these stars and their planets would be able to get new and more interesting names via the NameExoWorlds online vote.

Still there are some rules to follow. A planet can’t be given a random name, because there is no write-in principle of votes. There are multiple choice options, on basis of name possibilities selected with the help of nonprofits and astronomy clubs worldwide.

For example, 51 Pegasi and 51 Pegasi b, can have 11 naming options. The pair could end up being “Starry Bunnies” and “Tortoise” (because, probably one of the clubs thinks the two bear resemblance of the hare and the tortoise) or “Carl” and “Dot” after astronomer Carl Sagan, who described Earth as the “pale blue dot.”

 

There’s a wide range of name possibilities from endangered animals to characters in folk tales or ancient gods, up to something more amusing, like “Misopan” (Japanese bun filled with soybean paste), and there’s a planet, iota Draconis b, that could receive this name.

The results of voting will be released in mid-November, so you have time until October 31 to make your choice!

'.__('Tagged with',THEME_DOMAIN).'
  • ','
  • ','
'); ?>

Tags: