Ever Wanted To Name A Planet Or A Star? This Is Your Chance!

In honor of its’ centennial anniversary, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) launched the NameExoWorlds competition for people all over the world. Each country has been assigned a specific planetary system, which has an exoplanet (a planet outside the Solar System) and its host star in need of a name. The Philippines was assigned the WASP-34 system in the constellation Crater.

Interested participants must propose one name each for the exoplanet and the star. The names are expected to adhere to the rules of the IAU on naming celestial bodies. Moreover, these should also exhibit a logical connection and be “broad enough to provide literature for additional names for future objects in the system.” Entries must be submitted via the official IAU NameExoWorlds Philippines submission page from August 1 to September 15.

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All proposed names will be screened by a panel of judges. The Top 10 names will then be posted for online voting from October 1 – 31. Come November 15, the selected names will be forwarded to the IAU for final selection, along with two honorable mentions. The IAU is expected to announce the accepted names by December of this year.

Apart from having the honor of naming an exoplanet and a star, the winner will receive a telescope from the local weather bureau, PAGASA. If the winner does not live in Metro Manila, PAGASA will also sponsor his/her transportation and accommodation expenses so that they can attend the awarding ceremony at the PAGASA Central Office.