How do you name an exoplanet?

Following an extension of the above standard, an exoplanet’s name is normally formed by taking the name of its parent star and adding a lowercase letter. The first planet discovered in a system is given the designation “b” (the parent star is considered to be “a”) and later planets are given subsequent letters.

What are good names for planets?

Your top 10 names for the tenth planet

  • Persephone (Greek) or Proserpina (Roman) Advertisement.
  • Peace (or its Latin root, Pax) In a war-torn world, and with terrorism rife, many of you want to use the new planet to send a message.
  • Galileo.
  • Xena.
  • Rupert.
  • Bob.
  • Titan.
  • Nibiru.

Which exoplanet is the weirdest?

WASP-12b is one of the weirdest planets simply because of its tremendous heat. At twice the size of Jupiter, this planet is believed to reach sweltering temperatures of 4,000º F.

How many exoplanets are named?

To date, more than 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered and are considered “confirmed.” However, there are thousands of other “candidate” exoplanet detections that require further observations in order to say for sure whether or not the exoplanet is real.

Why do exoplanets have long names?

Most often, they’re named after the star they orbit or the telescope that discovered them, followed by numbers and letters. This system was designed for scientists trying to keep track of thousands of new planets, but it isn’t much fun for the general public.

What are the exoplanets names?

List of Exoplanet Names

Object Type Astronomical Designation Approved Name
Planet 42 Draconis b Orbitar
Planet 47 Ursae Majoris b Taphao Thong
Planet 47 Ursae Majoris c Taphao Kaew
Planet 51 Pegasi b Dimidium

What are some galaxy names?


  • Andromeda Galaxy.
  • Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy.
  • Cygnus A.
  • Maffei I and II.
  • Magellanic Clouds.
  • Milky Way Galaxy.
  • Virgo A.

Are there new names for exoplanets and their host stars?

Bottom line: On December 17, 2019, at a press conference in Paris, the IAU said it has formalized new names for 112 sets of exoplanets and their host stars. EarthSky 2020 lunar calendars are available! They make great gifts.

What is the exoplanet Encyclopedia?

This continuously updated exoplanetary encyclopedia combines interactive visualizations with detailed data on all known exoplanets. Click on a planet’s name to see 3D model of each planet and system along with vital statistics.

What are the best exoplanets to look for?

The first super-Earth identified as a rocky exoplanet, this planet proved that worlds like the Earth were indeed possible and that the search for potentially habitable worlds (rocky planets in the habitable zone) might be fruitful. 7. Kepler-22b A planet in the habitable zone and a possible water-world planet unlike any seen in our solar system.

How did the IAU name the new exoplanets?

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) said this week it has formalized new names for 112 sets of exoplanets and their host stars. The names come from the IAU’s NameExoWorlds campaigns. They were announced at a press conference in Paris, France, on December 17, 2019.