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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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    Jupiter's newly discovered moons are not exoplanets, but if you want to name them, here are the rules. Go for it.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scienti...covered-moons/
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    This details the rules for starting a naming "contest". Still waiting for someone to start this.

    https://www.iau.org/static/public/na...satellites.pdf
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    Naming a planet we can't really take photos of is someway misleading (maybe even brings bad luck ), like giving a name to a child that is not born yet :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barabino View Post
    Naming a planet we can't really take photos of is someway misleading (maybe even brings bad luck ), like giving a name to a child that is not born yet :-/
    Well, they did name Formalhaut's planet-thing Dagon before they figured out whether it was a planet, a black hole, or something else. Jury seems to still be out on this.
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    Well, we named the nonexistent Vulcan...
    SHARKS (crossed out) MONGEESE (sic) WITH FRICKIN' LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

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    Well, ask and ye shall receive. More planets are being named... but by nations, not individuals.

    Any guesses what names will crop up?

    https://phys.org/news/2019-06-exoplanet.html

    http://www.nameexoworlds.iau.org/
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    More details on naming exoplanets. Individuals do get to name worlds, but the process is complicated.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/exoplanets...n-help-choose/
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