Estmiated Temperature

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED...

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED

ON DECEMBER 17th!

SOMEONE WILL HAVE THE HONOUR

OF NAMING AN EXOPLANET AND ITS HOST STAR

WILL IT BE YOU?

 

WHAT'S THIS

ABOUT?

NameExoWorlds is a competition that offers the opportunity for all countries in the world to give a name to one exoplanet (a planet outside of our solar system) and its hosting star.  This competition is a global project that celebrates 100 years of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Names will be chosen by public voting out in each country, and the winning names will be recognised by the IAU as official names.

 

"This exciting event invites everyone worldwide to think about their collective place in the Universe, while stimulating creativity and global citizenship,” shared Debra Elmegreen, IAU President Elect.

“The NameExoworlds initiative reminds us that

we are all together under one sky."

WHAT IS

THE IAU?

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation.

 

Its individual members are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, active in professional research and education in astronomy. The IAU has 13699 Individual Members in 107 countries worldwide. Of those countries, 82 are National Members.

 

The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary (IAU100) and the astronomical breakthroughs that have shaped science, technology and culture throughout the last century.

The year-long celebrations also aim to highlight the importance of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.

 

 IAU National Outreach Coordinator (NOC) 

Shirin Haque

 

NameExoWorlds National Committee 

  • Chair: Shirin Haque (University of the West Indies)

  • Brandon Rajkumar (University of the West Indies)

  • Ariel Chitan (University of the West Indies)

  • Sean Farfan (Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society)

  • Kriscia Ramkissoon (Trinidad and Tobago Astronomical Society)

  • Renée Lopez (Trinidad Radio Astronomy Community)

  • Isa Mohammed (Caribbean Institute of Astronomy)

  • Siddiiqa Seunath (UWI StarGazers)

  • Anushka Mohan (Trinidad and Tobago Astro Club)

  • Kadijha Watche (National Institute of Higher Education Research Science and Technology)

 

T&T'S EXOWORLD:

HD 96063 AND  HD 96063 B

Our Trinbagonian star HD 96063 is a yellow, giant star located in the Leo constellation. While it cannot be seen with the naked eye, it is easily visible in small telescopes and binoculars.

 

HD 96063 is as massive as our Sun; however, it is almost 4 times larger in size and has an effective temperature of 5308 Kelvin (5034.85 °C). Calculated to be twice as old as our sun at 9 Billion years, HD 96063 has at least one Extrasolar planet in orbit around it. That planet is HD 96063b.

HD 96063b was discovered in 2011 orbiting around its star at almost the same distance the Earth orbits around the sun. With a mass of 1.27 Jupiters, it takes 362.5 Earth days to complete one orbit around its star.

T&T'S STAR:

HD 96063 FACTS

515

Light Years

Distance from Earth

9

Billion

Years

Leo

Constellation

1

Exoplanets in Orbit

Estimated Age

T&T'S EXOPLANET:

HD 96063 B FACTS

2011

1.27

Jupiters

Mass

Year of Discovery

362.5

Earth Days

Orbital Period

1.11 AU

Orbital Radius

T&T'S EXOWORLD:

HD 96063 AND  HD 96063 B

Our Trinbagonian star HD 96063 is a yellow, giant star located in the Leo constellation. While it cannot be seen with the naked eye, it is easily visible in small telescopes and binoculars.

 

HD 96063's mass is similar to our Sun; however, its radius is almost four times greater and it has an effective temperature of 5308 Kelvin (5034.85 °C). Calculated to be twice as old as our sun at 9 Billion years, HD 96063 has at least one Extrasolar planet in orbit around it. That planet is HD 96063b.

HD 96063b was discovered in 2011 orbiting around its star at almost the same distance the Earth orbits around the sun. With a mass of 1.27 Jupiters, it takes 362.5 Earth days to complete one orbit around its star.

T&T'S STAR:

HD 96063 FACTS

Leo

Constellation

9

Billion

Years

Estimated Age

515

Light Years

Distance from Earth

1

Exoplanets in Orbit

T&T'S EXOPLANET:

HD 96063 B FACTS

2011

Year of Discovery

1.27

Jupiters

Mass

362.5

Earth Days

Orbital Period

1.11 AU

Orbital Radius

 
 

THE

COMPETITION

  In Brief... 

  • You are encouraged to read  the full Official Naming Rules on the IAU's website.

  • This competition is open to nationals and residents of Trinidad and Tobago. If you are a national or resident of another country, please check to see if they have a national contest on this page.

  • Each entry must contain both a name for the exoplanet and the host star.

  • Each entry must be accompanied by a short explanation for the choice of the name (no more than 100 words).

  • Names should be of people, places or things of long standing historical, cultural or of geographical value to Trinidad and Tobago worthy of being assigned to a celestial body.

  • Participants may submit multiple entries.

  • In cases of multiple similar/same entries, the participant with the earliest submission will be credited for it.

  • The national organising committee, comprising of members from all Astronomy societies in Trinidad and Tobago, will rate all entries, selecting a shortlist of entries as finalists for public voting.

  • The winning entry will be announced by the IAU. (See Important Dates below.)

 

PRIZES

GRAND

PRIZE

*******

An Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector  telescope, and the honour of naming T&T's designated exoplanet

and its host star.

2

RUNNERS

UP

*******

Consolation  hampers filled with very cool stuff.

SHORTLIST

FINALISTS

*******

Awesome goodies for making

the shortlist

of names.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

15th September 2019

NameExoWorlds

Submissions Open

15th October 2019

NameExoWorlds

Submissions Close

30th October 2019

Public Voting on

Shortlisted Names Begins

10th November 2019

Public Voting on

Shortlisted Names Ends

17th December 2019

Winning Entry Announced

by the IAU

 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions, please send them to us by emailing exoworldstt [at] gmail.com.

Note: This address is for general enquiries only.

Want to enter the competition? Unfortunately, submissions are now closed!

 

Want to vote on the shortlist of names? Sorry, voting is also closed!

 

Tune in for the announcement of winning name pair on December 17th!

 

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