UK schools and youth groups have chance to rename planet and star

CAN you think of a better name for a new planet than WASP-13b? Budding young astronomers will have the opportunity to think of a new moniker for an exoplanet – a planet that exists outside of our own solar system – and the star it orbits. The National reports.

Some 93 countries have been invited to name different planetary systems in a global competition by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), with the UK’s designated exoplanet currently named WASP-13b.

Professor Robert Walsh, professor of astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire and UK national outreach co-ordinator for the IAU, will run the UK arm of the competition.

“Imagine there being a star and planet out there that will have the name you chose forever more.

“We hope that teachers and youth leaders will embrace this competition as a way to engage young people in science by exploring the wonders beyond our own solar system.”

Read more to find out how you can get involved UK schools and youth groups have chance to rename planet and star 

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