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Help name exoplanets!
Hi theSkyNet POGS volunteers,
The International Astronomical Union is allowing astronomical organisations (like theSkyNet) to submit potential names for 20 exoplanet systems outside our Solar System.

We get to submit a name, and we'd like your help to choose it.

If you get suggesting with names (that follow the IAU rules, see below) on June 10th we'll compile all the suggestions and take a vote for what name to submit to the IAU on June 15th!

Put your suggestions in replies on this thread on the message boards. Don't forget to tell us which system your name suggestion is for, see the list linked below (and if you've got a reason why you think the name is good, then add that in too!)

The Rules

The name must be 16 characters or less in length, preferably one word, pronounceable, non-offensive and not too similar to an existing name of an astronomical object (you can check your suggested name at Sesame Service ( or the Minor Planet Centre (

The names must not include names of pet animals, names of a purely or principally commercial nature, names of individuals, places or events principally known for political, military or religious activities, names of living individuals or names protected by trademarks or other forms of intellectual property.

More details on the rules are on the IAU website:

So is a list of the 20 exoplanet systems that are up for naming:

Happy suggesting! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
2 Jun 2015, 7:19:29 UTC · Comment

Debugging size classes
Just a quick heads up - David Anderson (the guy who wrote most of the BOINC server) from Berkeley is currently trying to debug the size class problem we have.

Hopefully this should affect people, but "famous last words...."
28 May 2015, 5:00:17 UTC · Comment

size classes
We've found a problem with the BOINC size class code. I currently have 2,500,000 inactive WUs and only 20 unsent

I'm working with the BOINC developers to fix the problem. In the mean time I'm turning off the size class code
21 May 2015, 1:33:13 UTC · Comment

Things we're changed/working on

  • We've implemented the size class so that slower machines (my old XP machine, Androids, etc) get small number of pixels.
  • We're still trying to get the plan class right for Android

29 Apr 2015, 9:49:45 UTC · Comment

Android Users
A lot of the Android clients aren't downloading the new version of the code - they are still running the older 3.41 version.

If you have one please could you trigger an update of the code
28 Apr 2015, 2:08:29 UTC · Comment

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