Name Your Own ExoPlanet: IAU to NIGERIA
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has asked Nigeria to give a popular name to a selected exoplanet and its host star.
This is within the framework of IAU100th anniversary commemorations through which IAU100 NameExoWorlds global competition has been launched. This is to allow countries in the world including Nigeria to give a popular name to a selected exoplanet and its host star.
Nigeria has been assigned to name STAR- HD 43197 and EXOPLANET- HD 43197 b. Online voting poll has been designed to allow individuals and groups to take part in this task by voting for STAR or EXO-PLANET of their choice, you can also suggest a name of your choice for the star and exo-planet. For more details about this, please click here. To take part in the online voting, please click here. You can only vote once and voting closes on the 30th of November 2019.
IAU13XX – IAU Press Release – Name Your Own Exoplanet:
Within the framework of its 100th anniversary commemorations, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is organising the IAU100 NameExoWorlds global competition. This allows any country in the world to give a popular name to a selected exoplanet and its host star. Over 70 countries have already signed up to organise national campaigns that will provide the public with an opportunity to vote. The aim of this initiative is to create awareness of our place in the Universe and to reflect on how the Earth would potentially be perceived by a civilisation on another planet. To read more about this, click here