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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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Kjeld (Famai) Schulze 2 months ago.

Very cool!

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JimtheDesertRat 5 months ago.

That's just cool.......

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GaryE 7 months ago.

so cool!

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Malto7075 about 536239/525600 years ago.

Awesome

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equidad over 175297/105120 years ago.

leda

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equidad over 109561/65700 years ago.

Polaris x2

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Polynesia almost 47816/16425 years ago.

Just Cool...

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LadyAnneBoleyn almost 97967/32850 years ago.

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

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Rune 'runevester' almost 26023/8760 years ago.

Thanks

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Artemis almost 52273/17520 years ago.

Nice :)

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Balco Bulls almost 98083/32850 years ago.

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

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