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Name That Exoplanet!

Name That Exoplanet!

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced a process to name the growing number of exoplanets or worlds beyond our solar system, with a public vote planned in 2015. The project called NameExoWorlds will start off with 305 planets discovered before 2009, with astronomy groups and clubs submitting possible names. More at Space.com.

Pictured (click to enlarge): Artist's impression from October 2006 released by the European Space Agency shows a unique type of exoplanet discovered with the Hubble Space Telescope. This image presents a speculative view of what a 'hot Jupiter' (large planet orbiting close to its star) might look like.

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