ExoWorld Naming Suggestion Posted!!
Thank you to everyone who has participated up to this point! The votes have been counted and Planet Hunters has submitted the following naming suggestion to the IAU ExoWorld naming contest:
- PSR 1257 12: Photo – Photo is the Greek word for light. Since it is a pulsar that releases two beams of light, Photo would be suitable as a name that emphasizes the beams of light the pulsar emits.
- PSR 1257 12b: Lofío – Since b is the least massive exoplanet ever discovered, the Greek word for a plume fits. Naming the least dense exoplanet after a feather honestly seems suitable.
- PSR 1257 12c: Xekiní̱ste – Since this is one of the first exoplanets discovered, the Greek word for start fits. This name signifies the start of a new era in finding planets outside of our solar system.
- PSR 1257 12d: Amydrós – Since it is the outermost planet in the system, it has the longest orbit; it blocks the light beams the most. So for that reason, the Greek word for dim fits, as it dims out the pulsar beams the most.
A hardy congratulations to Trent Crespo is in order. It was his name that was decided on by this community to put forward!
Our work is not done though – shortly in June 2015 a sign-up window will open for individuals to register to vote for the IAU naming selection. Watch http://www.nameexoworlds.org/#signup for this window to open!