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Hi theSkyNet 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 below. 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! We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

-TheSkyNet Team

Published on 2015-06-02 07:25:34 UTC

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Artemis over 748207/525600 years ago.

So, i follwed the whole thing a bit, none of the names suggested by skynet are part of the namesearch. And last but not least, the names which are out for voting now are so lol, last time i take action in such a fake campaign! But i dont blame skynet for it, it was clear whats going on after IAU changed the homepage the second time!

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'Cameron' over 183779/131400 years ago.

so I went through the to the public voting page and it appears as though the planets are only given their current host star- constellation designation.
same as when we made our nominations to TheSkyNet.

If I elected to vote at this stage (apparently I have till end of October 2015) I don't know what name I'm voting for.

Pollax (beta Geminorum) will be named what ?? if successful [does not appear to be Leda, and It's certainly not Remus]

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Eckley (Staff) over 82547/58400 years ago.

We agree with you, but such is life :(

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Tom Zolotor over 89083/52560 years ago.

Leda is such a nice name. Congrats on picking it out to djrichmatthews and good luck. I will be voting for it when the time comes. :)

Tom Zolotor

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Tom Zolotor over 446563/262800 years ago.

Ok, the time limit has passed. What the name that will go on to become the name of a planet if the IAU approves of it? Which name is the winner?

Tom Zolotor

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Kirsten (Staff) about 316753/262800 years ago.

Hi Tom, the name was Leda and the IAU will be announcing which names have won the global competition TOMORROW!

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Tom Zolotor about 155893/131400 years ago.

Kirsten, I know I voted for it awhile back, Leda. Will their be an online theskynets trophy for people who voted for the planet and help name it by voting for it? Thestias is the name of it...so exciting...I talk to someone on facebook about it I think it may have been you...what a wonderful period of time!!!!

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Kirsten (Staff) over 451159/262800 years ago.

Voting is now open folks! Have your say and vote for your favourite name: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TheSkyNetExoplanets

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Pavel_Kirpichenko over 60713/35040 years ago.

"Parametr". I like this word!

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Kirsten (Staff) over 100631/58400 years ago.

It has a very nice feel on the tongue when pronounced! Any particular system that you think it fits well?

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Pavel_Kirpichenko over 452417/262800 years ago.

I think this name is suitable for any system!

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Joe 'Joe90' Dempsey over 911099/525600 years ago.

I would like to propose exoplanet Adao for the planet orbiting the host star mu Arae C in the constelation The Altar. Adao is Portugese for Adam

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Joe 'Joe90' Dempsey over 151847/87600 years ago.

As the constellation is The Altar I thought it would have a good biblical theme but I have just looked it up and it is actually 4 planets in their own system and apparently unnameable.

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Kirsten (Staff) over 113881/65700 years ago.

:( so it's not on the list of 20?

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Artemis over 303959/175200 years ago.

:) I´m selfish, name one Artemis!!! My suggestion is for the Epsilon eridani system. Why?!?, because i like the name:))

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Kirsten (Staff) over 56953/32850 years ago.

Haha, Artemis could completely work as it comes from mythology. What reasons could we offer (on top of we like it) to convince people?

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Artemis over 110581/65700 years ago.

Hi again, sorry for my late response, got a lot of work in the LAB. I choose Artemis for my Suggestion because: Artemis is ancient greek goddess of the hunt, the forest, the moon and the keeper of the women and !!!kids. The Kids are our future ,so ill say, she is worthy a star :)

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Skywalker TSBT over 456553/262800 years ago.

Gallifrey . In honor of 50 years of Doctor Who and SciFi as a whole which helped, in my opinion, allow scientists and researchers dream of the 'what if', to the 'we can', to the 'we did'. Science Fiction may only be a proof away from true fact.

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Kirsten (Staff) over 456421/262800 years ago.

I wish we could have a planet named Galifrey out there. Let's hope they let it through (as I am sure many people will suggest it!)

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jcogs over 36541/21024 years ago.

Magrathea - for the planet in 42 Draconis. 42 is a propitious number in Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio play / books / stage show / film. There are many names that could be drawn from this source, but perhaps the name of the home-world of the planet-builders who create Earth has particular relevance for the name of an exoplanet!

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Kirsten (Staff) over 101427/58400 years ago.

Oh I like it! Thank you.

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