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Name that Exoplanet!

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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: 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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