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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.

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

Published on 2015-12-17 04:20:18 UTC

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Malto7075 about 1 month ago.

Awesome

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equidad 9 months ago.

leda

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equidad 9 months ago.

Polaris x2

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Polynesia about 66559/65700 years ago.

Just Cool...

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LadyAnneBoleyn about 23743/21900 years ago.

This is so awesome! Great news! Lady Anne รถ^

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Rune 'runevester' about 28187/26280 years ago.

Thanks

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Artemis about 11411/10512 years ago.

Nice :)

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Balco Bulls about 571687/525600 years ago.

Thats awesome! Glad we continue to make a dent in this funny thing called science.

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