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IAU: Name ExoWorlds Contest Opens

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IAU: NameExoWorlds Contest Opens for Public Voting

Post by bystander » Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:24 pm

NameExoWorlds Contest Opens for Public Voting
International Astronomical Union | 2015 Aug 11

The NameExoWorlds contest, organised by the IAU, is now entering its historic final stage. The public voting on the shortlist of names for the ExoWorlds — 20 planetary systems comprising 15 stars and 32 exoplanets — starts today. The vote will decide the names for the selected stars and exoplanets.
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IAU: Final Results of NameExoWorlds Public Vote Released

Post by bystander » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:17 pm

Final Results of NameExoWorlds Public Vote Released
International Astronomical Union | 2015 Dec 15

The votes are in — the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) have been chosen by public vote in the NameExoWorlds contest, and accepted by the IAU. Reflecting the truly international interest in astronomy, over half a million votes from 182 countries and territories contributed to the new official designations of the alien worlds. ...

The complete list of the results, including vote counts, proposers, and citations is published on the IAU NameExoWorlds website.
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IAU: 17 Minor Planets Named by Contest Winners

Post by bystander » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:59 pm

17 Minor Planets Named by NameExoWorlds Contest Winners
International Astronomical Union | 2017 Feb 17

In 2015, the IAU organised the NameExoWorlds contest, which provided the first opportunity for the public to submit names for exoplanets and their stars. As a result, the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) were chosen by public vote, and accepted by the IAU. These names became the official designations of the exoplanets and stars.

As a reward to the winners, they were given the exciting opportunity to name minor planets in our Solar System. The IAU, via its Division F Working Group Small Bodies Nomenclature (SBN), recently approved the new names of 17 minor planets after the winners made their proposals.

The 17 names are named after astronomers, educators, authors, poets, and theatrical dances, as well as the names and locations of astronomical organisations. ...

A full list of the citation of the minor planets can be found at the IAU Minor Planet Circular.
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IAU: People from 112 Countries Select Names for Exoplanet Systems

Post by bystander » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:31 pm

People from 112 Countries Select Names for Exoplanet Systems
International Astronomical Union | 2019 Dec 17
On 17 December 2019 the names of 112 sets of exoplanets and host stars named in the IAU100 NameExoWorlds campaigns were announced at a press conference in Paris (France). Within the framework of the International Astronomical Union’s 100th anniversary commemorations (IAU100) in 2019, 112 countries organised national campaigns that stimulated the direct participation of over 780 000 people worldwide, who proposed and selected names for each exoplanet and its host star.

The IAU100 NameExoWorlds project saw massive and widespread participation around the world, as the public eagerly engaged in this exciting opportunity to suggest meaningful, creative and unique names for exoplanet systems for their respective countries. This is only the second time in history that a campaign has led to the naming of stars and exoplanets. Overall, 360 000 proposals for names were received from 112 countries. The National Committee in each country reduced their proposals to a shortlist of national candidates, which were presented to the public for their votes. A total of 420 000 people voted for their preferred candidates. The complete list of names approved by the IAU100 NameExoWorlds Steering Committee can be explored here. This project will have a lasting impact, as the winning names will be used in parallel with the existing scientific nomenclature, credited to the person, group or institution that suggested them. ...

IAU100 NameExoWorlds Approved Names
IAU100 NameExoWorlds Stars & Planets
IAU100 NameExoWorlds Proposers
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