IAU Considers Public Involvement in Astronomical Body Naming

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IAU Considers Public Involvement in Astronomical Body Naming

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 15th August 2013, 1:48 pm

Implications for exoplanets.

IAU statement. (Pdf)
http://www.iau.org/static/public/naming/planets_and_satellites.pdf

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Post by Lazarus on 15th August 2013, 5:49 pm

I still think naming the exoplanets themselves is premature, especially since the majority of them are known so poorly and the ones of most interest seem to have a habit of disappearing amid claims and counterclaims. Gliese 581 and 667C I am looking at YOU.

Naming the host stars is an excellent idea.
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Post by Lazarus on 22nd August 2013, 2:03 am

http://xkcd.com/1253/

Looks like Little Bobby Tables (or perhaps his mother) got their hands on Gliese 667...
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