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The James Webb Space Telescope is using infrared light to reveal otherwise invisible aspects of the universe — and capturing stunning imagery in the process.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope discovered 20 exoplanetary systems, and the International Astronomical Union wants people from around the globe to submit name recommendations.
The IAU wants this to be a collaborative affair, so participants must create a team composed of teachers, students, astronomy enthusiasts, or professional or amateur astronomists.
If you were hoping to name a planet after yourself, you’re out of luck.
Naming an exoplanetary system is a huge responsibility, so the IAU set forth a list of guidelines to follow.
To begin with, the names should have long-standing cultural, geographic or historical significance. Indigenous names are encouraged, but any team proposing one must be led by a member of an Indigenous community.
Additionally, the name of the exoplanet and its host star need to follow the same theme, meaning they must be related in some way.
Teams cannot submit names of people, pets or organizations. Any terms related to political, military or religious activities are also not allowed.
The public can submit their names through November 11, 2022.
National vetting processes will take place between November 15 and December 15, 2022, and each country will select one proposal along with two backups. Afterward, an international committee will review the submissions and choose one for each exoplanet between December 16, 2022, and March 16, 2023.
The winning names will be announced on March 20, 2023.