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Message 4739 - Posted: 17 Dec 2015, 4:18:23 UTC

Hi Everyone,

Some great news announced yesterday by the International Astronomical Union - theSkyNet's name suggestion was selected for an exoplanet!

The planet around the star Pollux is now named Thestias thanks to djrichmatthews' suggestion. All the final names and the statistics can be seen on the official IAU webpage http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/names.

You might notice that Thestias is suspiciously NOT the name we submitted (which was Leda). This is because Leda is the name of both a moon around Jupiter and an asteroid in the Solar System, so the IAU asked if we'd mind suggesting something else that's related to Pollux and Leda from Greek Mythology. Thestias is Pollux's grandfather (Leda's Dad) so it's a fitting change.

We're SO EXCITED with this result, congratulations to everyone who suggested, voted and was involved, it was a true team effort and we're so pleased that your name was chosen.

-Kirsten and theSkyNet team
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Message 4740 - Posted: 17 Dec 2015, 12:51:20 UTC - in response to Message 4739.

This is exciting news congratulation to everyone and I hope since the name is official that Thestias would get on wikipedia as the name of an exoplanet.
congratulation to djrichmatthews!!!!!


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Message 4741 - Posted: 17 Dec 2015, 12:53:40 UTC

From an email sent out there was also this announced right after this news -

theSkyNet SourceFinder 2.0 (beta)
Coming soon to a BOINC manager near you!

Ryan (our intern) and Alex have been working really hard to bring SourceFinder up and running on BOINC. We expect we will be announcing its beta availability in the new year! We have all the data ready to go, and most of the BOINC infrastructure is coded and online, we're just finishing up the final touches with an assimilator (that puts the results you guys will send back to us into a database) and a few other checks and quality controls through the system.

Thank you so much for your patience with this one, Ryan was only with us for one day a week, and has now officially graduated and taken a job in industry so he won't be around much at all anymore! Congratulations from all of us at theSkyNet Ryan, and good luck in your new job.


However, I am unable to find any post on neither POGS nor the main site on it.
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Message 4742 - Posted: 17 Dec 2015, 12:55:09 UTC - in response to Message 4740.

I voted for the name...this is wonderful. I so happy for everyone.


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Message 4743 - Posted: 17 Dec 2015, 13:25:02 UTC - in response to Message 4742.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollux_b
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Message 4747 - Posted: 20 Dec 2015, 22:33:27 UTC - in response to Message 4739.

This is wonderful news I so glad I voted. Will everyone who voted get a new online trophy for helping to make the planet name thestias a reality for stheskynet pogs?


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Message 4772 - Posted: 11 Jan 2016, 23:50:42 UTC - in response to Message 4740.

Great job
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