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Thread: When will the IAU approve more names for exoplanets?

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    Smile When will the IAU approve more names for exoplanets?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._of_exoplanets

    Does anyone have an idea when the IAU will start approving or even considering names for exoplanets? I believe we're at 5000+ exoplanets and some of us have cats who haven't had even an asteroid named for them.

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    Found the rules for the 2014-2015 naming.

    https://www.iau.org/news/pressreleases/detail/iau1404/
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    Personally, I don't think they should be allowed to name objects until they've been imaged.

    That ship seems to have sailed unfortunately according to your second link.

    Before New Horizons, you could've said "I theorise there will be a mountain approximately here on Pluto, and I name it after my cat xxxxx".

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    https://phys.org/news/2019-01-volcan...ry-worlds.html

    Found this Phys.org article on how the IAU gets about to naming things, after years or decades go by. [sigh]
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