NameExoWorlds – Ireland

Welcome to NameExoWorlds Ireland This IAU100 project gives every country in the world the opportunity to name an exoplanet and its host star. Ireland has been assigned the honour of giving a popular name to HAT-P-36b, an exoplanet 1.8 times Jupiter’s mass, and its host star which can been found in the Canes Venatici constellation. The planet’s host star is comparable in age and mass to our Sun. Votes have been cast and we are now waiting on approval for the winning entry from the International Astronomical Union.   The significance of this incredible competition was not lost on Dr Niall Smith, IAU Member and Head of CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory: “No Irish person has ever had the opportunity to officially name a star and the planet which orbits it.  Through the Name ExoWorlds competition, a currently little-know star just below the North Pole Star will be catapulted into the public’s consciousness as Ireland’s first-named star, around which our first-named planet orbits. In the 4.5 billion year history of our planet, no such opportunity has ever come around before. I think that makes the ExoWorlds competition the very definition of unique!” In recent years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets and planetary systems orbiting around nearby stars. Some are small and rocky like the Earth, whilst others are gas giants like … Continue reading NameExoWorlds – Ireland