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Message 4206 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 7:19:29 UTC

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 (http://cds.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/Sesame) or the Minor Planet Centre (http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search)).

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: http://www.nameexoworlds.org/the_process.

So is a list of the 20 exoplanet systems that are up for naming: http://www.nameexoworlds.org/the_exoworlds.

Happy suggesting! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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Message 4207 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 7:51:25 UTC

Oooh exciting. Hopefully you can have more than one suggestion??

I'll kick it off....

Name - ZERCSIS
Host Star - Tau Booti
Constellation - The Herdsman

Reason for my name...hmmm no reason. I like it. I chose the constellation, The Herdsman because I'm a Capricorn and I thought of a goat herder LOL. Doesn't get much more random than that!! :)

I'm sure I'll come up with something else at a later date.
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Message 4209 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 9:05:09 UTC

For reasons of romance, I would like to enter the enchanting name of "Stefania". It's got a real-exo planet ring to it, don't you think?

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Message 4210 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 11:23:38 UTC - in response to Message 4206.

How about the name : FREETHESOULS for the

Fomalhaut (alpha Piscis Austrini) system because it shows the soul freeing itself from bandage from two fish swimming in different direction.
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Message 4211 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 12:33:27 UTC

Elektra (especially for host star "51 Pegasi" in the "Winged Horse" constellation) would suit me well... :D

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Message 4213 - Posted: 2 Jun 2015, 20:26:28 UTC

Constellation: Great Bear
exoplanet : Ursae Majoris B
name suggested to exoplanet : Alice

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Message 4214 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 0:20:16 UTC

I would like to submit "Genesis" for Edasich b. Since it was the first exoplanet discovered around this star.

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Message 4215 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 0:28:14 UTC

Some naming suggestions!!!

1. 18 Delphinis: Arion (a Greek poet who was transported to safety on the back of a dolphin. A temple to Poseidon was then built in this location)

2. epsilon Eridani: Ifingr (A Norse mythological river comparable to the Styx, which separated the realm of Asgard from that of the living)

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Message 4216 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 1:06:33 UTC

Loving these suggestions! Remember that they can't be names of people (sorry that means Alice and Elektra are probably out!)
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Message 4217 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 2:24:36 UTC

One of 'ems gotta be "Melancholia". Top movie.

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Message 4219 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 5:31:28 UTC

So mythological names are unable to be used?

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Message 4223 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 12:00:59 UTC

Hazaton.

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Message 4224 - Posted: 3 Jun 2015, 13:34:54 UTC

Can't go past "Drogon" for iota Draconis b.

It's a large exoplanet and Drogon is the largest of Daenerys Targaryan's dragons. Some might say pop-culture is not mythology but it's only really separated by a few thousand years...

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Message 4227 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 1:36:07 UTC - in response to Message 4219.
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So mythological names are unable to be used?

That's the question. Elektra (or Electra) is meant as a mythological name (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electra_(Pleiad)) (like those of the planetoids Pallas, Juno, Chiron etc.)

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Message 4228 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 3:39:40 UTC - in response to Message 4219.
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Mythology can definitely be used, but we can't suggest Elektra without having a reason (other than a valued member of theSkyNet is named Elektra!) :) So if we wrote up a short paragraph about why the mythological Elektra/Electra should be suggested that didn't include the connection to Elektra*'s name, we'd be golden!

Unfortunately I still think Alice is out, because it's a modern name and could very much be interpreted as us suggesting the name after a person that's living.

Basically the rules are open to interpretation, but we want to err on the side of caution.

We can use names of deceased famous people as long as they aren't known for overly political or religious reasons (so Ex prime ministers of Australia, and Pope's names are probably off limits!)
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Message 4229 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 7:01:53 UTC
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How about a Latin meaning of Earths twin "Telluribu" for the most Earth like planet? The Latin for Earths twin is Telluribus Gemina which is two words. So shorten it and you get this very exoplanet sounding name !

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Message 4230 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 7:28:17 UTC - in response to Message 4228.

So I suppose "Keating" is out too ...
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Message 4231 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 12:24:15 UTC

Host star: 51 Pegasi Constellation: the Winged Horse Exoplanet name: Ascella (Latin for wing)

Host star: mu Arae Constellation: the Altar Exoplanet name: Mizbeah (Hebrew for Altar)

Host star: mu Arae Constellation: the Altar Name for the specific exoplanet 'Mu Arae c': Abismo (Portuguese for chasm, referring to the large, "empty space" between the b and c planets of this star system, and because Nuno Santos has said he would like this particular planet "to have a Portuguese-related name.")

If I think of more I will post again :)

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Message 4232 - Posted: 4 Jun 2015, 14:56:06 UTC
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Host star: Fomalhaut
Exoplanet: Fomalhaut b
Name suggested: Acheron
Reason: Acheron is a Greek river related to the ancient Greek mythology. Since being a river, it would fit to the "Souther Fish".

The alternate name would then of course be LV-426 ;)

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Message 4239 - Posted: 6 Jun 2015, 21:47:13 UTC

Here some more names

Avalanche

Cheyenne
Sansam

Halo

Fireworks
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