Want to name a planet far far away?

Twenty exoworlds in the Milky Way are now available for naming proposals from public

Photo by: IAU
Photo by: IAU

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The NameExoWorlds contest is now accepting name proposals for 20 systems in our galaxy from registered clubs and non-profit organizations. The Contest is organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and Zooniverse, a citizen science web portal.  

Although individuals cannot propose names, they will be able to vote on the nominated appellations by clubs and nonprofit organizations that were registered in the IAU directory.

These public bodies can nominate names only for one alien system, star and its planets. They also have to supply their rationale for the names proposed.

After the deadline, June 15, of submitting name proposals ends, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their choice.

The new names of 20 alien worlds, including 51 Pegasi which is the first exoworld discovered orbiting a sunlike star, are expected to be announced at IAU’s General Assembly in Honolulu between 3-14 August.

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