If you aim to do something great in your life but don’t know where to start with, here’s your chance of greatness: you can now vote to name an alien planet. For the first time in the history of mankind and NASA altogether, experts offer the chance to common people to take part in larger than life missions.
Starting today, individuals can vote to name alien planets and stars that float in the far reaches of space. The International Astronomical Union, responsible for giving scientific names to planets and other celestial bodies, has opened public voting for the NameExoWorlds contests. This is a unique opportunity so take it seriously and forget about ZombieWorld, ApocalypseNow, Total Recall or Mad Max which are merely Hollywood productions, not worthy for such great celestial heights.
The new competition is designed to let people all around the world vote on names for no less than 15 stars and 32 planets outside the solar system. Each and every one of us is invited to take part in the competition. The only rule is that you must be serious and offer a worthy name to the exoplanet you fancy.
For instance, the star PSR 1257 + 12 and its three planets have naming schemes. By now, many of the proposals received were based on ancient mythology. A space passionate from South Africa has named the system after the country’s endangered animals, making use of various African languages. This is a very bright approach, as some things in life mustn’t be forgotten and wildlife is part of that.
So, if you plan to offer a name for exoplanets, think of a strategy and start with a concept, a meaningful one that won’t lose its value as years pass by. Planets are nevertheless here to stay even when if we won’t be here anymore, leaving other generations further discover the mysteries of outer space. It would be quite sad and ridiculous to leave behind some discovered planets with really bad names so we have quite a task to consider.
The International Astronomical Union is offering us a chance to choose names for 20 distant planetary systems which include 15 stars and 32 exoplanets. There’s quite a lot at stake and we are sure that those who must assess the potential names will have a lot of fun reading and observing what goes on in people’s minds when it comes to naming planets.
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