Monday, April 15, 2013

Uwingu Responds to the IAU, Extends People's Choice Alpha Centauri Planet Naming Contest | PRLog

Uwingu Responds to the IAU, Extends People's Choice Alpha Centauri Planet Naming Contest | PRLog

The deadline for nominating and voting on names for the exoplanet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B has been extended one week, to Monday, April 22 at midnight, Eastern Daylight Time.

Make your voice heard, and participate by nominating a name and/or voting for any of the names already proposed.

To make a statement supporting Pluto's planet status, please vote for "PlanetPluto." The name will not be used for the exoplanet since we already have a planet Pluto in our solar system. But voting for this name will send a strong message to the IAU and the world that members of the public join hundreds of professional astronomers in continuing to reject the controversial 2006 IAU planet definition and its resulting demotion of Pluto.

One more thing to note: According to the IAU planet definition, none of the nearly 900 confirmed exoplanets qualify as planets. Why? Because the IAU definition requires a planet to orbit the Sun rather than simply "a star." Even a requirement to orbit a star would preclude rogue planets, which are planetary bodies floating in interstellar space and not orbiting any star.

Vote and make nominations here: http://www.uwingu.com/vote-on-planet-names/#.UWw-uaKG1ac

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