August 20 to September 20 All day + Add to Calendar 2019-08-20 00:00:00 2019-09-20 00:00:00 America/Moncton Canada’s Name the Exoplanet Contest En ligne seulement, En ligne seulement, Quebec true
Did you know that we have discovered more than 4000 planets orbiting stars in our Galaxy? A planet that orbits another star (other than the Sun) is called an exoplanet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has asked Canada to name one star and the planet that orbits it! We want you to propose a pair of names, one for the star and the other for the planet.
Right now the star has the name HD 136418 and the planet is named HD 136418 b. Can you think of better names for the star and planet? The proposed names should be of things, people, or places of long-standing cultural, historical, or geographical significance to the people of Canada, worthy of being assigned to a celestial object.
Send us your names! With every entry, we ask that you also provide a short explanation in French or English (100 words maximum) for your names. At present we don’t know if any other planets orbit HD 136418, but it would be great if your idea for the names can be extended to provide names for future-discovered planets. In recognition of the UN 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019), speakers of Indigenous languages are encouraged to propose names drawn from those languages.
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