IAU: To rename the newly discovered planet "HD 106906 b" to Gallifrey! In honour of Doctor Who and its 50 years! #GallifreyFound
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International Astronomical Union
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International Astronomical Union
Piero Benvenuti
International Astronomical Union
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International Astronomical Union
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International Astronomical Union
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International Astronomical Union
Lars Lindberg Christensen
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Thierry Montmerle
Vanessa Bailey

IAU: To rename the newly discovered planet "HD 106906 b" to Gallifrey! In honour of Doctor Who and its 50 years! #GallifreyFound

    1. Sam Menhennet
    2. Petition by

      Sam Menhennet

      Melbourne, Australia

I really want this planet to be named Gallifrey. Even if it just an honorary name, or a officially recognised as "also known as Gallifrey" there really needs to be a Gallifrey out there in the universe. Doctor Who is legendary, award winning, record breaking, and global, and this planet deserves something special and supernatural as its name, How better to honor its existence than by dubbing it the home planet of our beloved time travelling alien, The Doctor? Do it for the fandom! Please share! and get evreyone whovian to sign this petition!

I made a video about the petition here! check it out!

http://youtu.be/ugn103YiRJs 

The Official Facebook page for the petition! Please click the link and LIKE the page!

https://www.facebook.com/petitiontonamenewplanettogallifrey

News Article on "HD 106906 b" here:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/528277/20131207/hd-106906-b-giant-exoplanet-massive-orbit.htm

LETS DO THIS! Please share this petition with your freinds on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Email etc! Anything to get the message spread out. Recruit as many people as you can! If you have a website put it on that too anything! Copy the link to this page and use the hashtag (#GallifreyFound)

Thank You!  

 

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    News

    1. EXCITING NEWS! #GallifreyFound

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! Maybe #GallifreyFound might not be over just yet?!

      Do you want to help name an alien planet? Starting next year, space fans around the world will get the chance to vote on their favorite names for worlds beyond our solar system.

      In a first, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in charge of naming heavenly bodies will open its exoplanet naming process to the world in 2015 in the form of a public vote. Representatives with the IAU announced the new naming project, called NameExoWorlds, today (July 9).

      In September, the astronomy group will open up registration to astronomy clubs and nonprofits that wish to name the alien worlds, according to the IAU. Members of the clubs and other groups will vote for the top 20 to 30 exoplanetary systems they want to name in October; in December, the groups will submit their proposals for names. The IAU will oversee the proposals and then open the competition to the public in March 2015, when it will ask space fans to rank the proposed names for the alien planets and stars."

      After votes are cast, the IAU will oversee and validate winning names in July 2015. IAU officials plan to announce the results in August 2015.

      The IAU has set some ground rules for organizations that plan to submit names for the competition before the public vote. According to the IAU, the rules are:

      Names should be 16 characters or less, preferably one word, non-offensive, pronounceable and not too similar to names already assigned to other celestial bodies
      Groups cannot propose names of pet animals, principally commercial names or names of living people. Additionally, groups cannot propose names of individuals, events or places mainly known for political, military or religious activities.
      Names cannot be protected by trademark or protected by intellectual property law.
      Winning names won't replace the scientific designation (the scientific name of the star followed by a letter, for example: Kepler-22b). However, the IAU will recognize the name as a legitimate, publicly used name.

      Obviously the IAU is not an expert on trademark law. They are probably talking about coined terms without a separate non-commercial use. So planet Gallifrey would be ok, but planet Pepsi wouldn't.

      Should we still keep going for it?.. Although we can't do this petition based! we can still group together when it's voting time!

      Let me know your honest opinion!
      Tweet me: @sammenhennet
      or Email me: s.menhennet@gmail.com

      Links to News articles below!

      http://www.space.com/26478-alien-planet-names-iau-vote.html?cmpid=514630_20140709_27557346

      http://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming_exoplanets/

      Thanks once again!

      Name an Alien Planet: Voters Wanted to Christen Strange New Worlds

      The International Astronomical Union wants people around the world to cast their votes to name alien worlds as part of a new competition.Credit: IAU/M. Kornmesser/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org) Do you want to help name an alien planet? Starting next year, space fans around the world will get the chance to vote on their favorite names for worlds beyond our solar system.

    2. FINAL UPDATE:

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      I regret to inform everyone but unfortunately I have been discussing with the IAU and they have declined the name change under many circumstances. (but not enough to rule it out entirely for the future. so we may be all be back here one day)

      Thanks to everyone who supported the petition! It means a lot. If you would like to see the emails between me and the IAU click here: http://www.themightychallenge.com/gallifreypetition.html

      if you would like to see more of me you can follow any of the links below. Website: http://www.themightychallenge.com
      Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/themightychallenge
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      I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me.
      - The 11th Doctor

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    3. UPDATE: 14

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      BBC Wales have sent through my email to the Doctor Who production team and I should receive a response in a couple days regarding the petition! in the meanwhile can everyone please help by contacting the Actors & Writers or anyone apart of the show ether by there Twitter account or via there agents etc! It would be great to hear a response from them and it would help bring a more people to the petition and another media boost! Thanks Everyone! #GallifreyFound

    4. UPDATE: 13

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      Happy New Year! Vanessa Bailey the astronomer who discovered the planet "HD 1069906B" has said she is supporting the cause and has written a piece that will be included in the letter to the IAU. Although we are still trying to get in contact with the BBC/ Doctor Who to get a statement from them on whether they support it or not. If anyone can get us in contact with them please email me at s.menhennet@gmail.com. Thanks

    5. UPDATE: #12

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      Just again if you missed it!
      Petition Facebook Page: Please like it.
      https://www.facebook.com/petitiontonamenewplanettogallifrey
      My YouTube video on the petition: Please watch it.
      http://youtu.be/ugn103YiRJs

      Petition to name new planet Gallifrey #GallifreyFound

      http://www.change.org/petitions/international-astronomical-union-to-rename-the-newly-discovered-planet-hd-106906-b-to-gallifrey-in-honour-of-doctor-who-and-its-50-years-gallifreyfound Petition Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/petitiontonamenewplanettogallifrey Like, Subscribe & Share this video with your friends! LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE http://on.fb.me/OD37rv OFFICIAL WEBSITE (Store, About Us, Contact Us + More) http://bit.ly/TdTwx6 Want to send us something? Post to The Mighty Challenge PO Box 12180 Melbourne VIC 8006 Australia

    6. UPDATE: #11

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      I have created a Facebook page for the petition please click the link and go like the page! once your done invite your friends!

      https://www.facebook.com/petitiontonamenewplanettogallifrey

      Petition to rename new planet to Gallifrey

      Petition to rename new planet to Gallifrey. 4 likes. This is the Official Facebook page of the Petition to rename the newly discovered planet "HD 106906 b" to Gallifrey

    7. UPDATE: #10

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      It isn't over yet keep sharing! Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google + anything to the message out! Allon-zy!

    8. Decision-maker Vanessa Bailey responds:

      Vanessa Bailey

      We were so excited to see more than 100,000 signatures on this petition! That’s a lot of Dr. Who fans -- and a lot of exoplanet fans!

      To the best of my knowledge, there is no official channel or process for renaming exoplanets. I beli...


    9. UPDATE: #9

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      This gives our petition some hope.
      http://www.iau.org/public_press/news/detail/iau1303/

      Names for New Pluto Moons Accepted by the IAU After Public Vote

      iau1303 - News Release The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is announcing that the names Kerberos and Styx have officially been recognised for the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto, which were discovered in 2011 and 2012.

    10. Reached 100,000 signatures
    11. UPDATE: #8

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has been featured in the NEW! Phillip DeFranco video!
      http://youtu.be/8kHRMLiv3IQ

    12. UPDATE: #7

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer
      Dr Who fans start petition to name newly-found planet 'Gallifrey'

      Fan Sam Menhennet wants to rename planet called HD 106906 Wants to rename the strange planet in honour of the show's 50th birthday 'Hot jupiter' HD 106906 b has baffled scientists since its discovery According to current planet formation theories, it shouldn't exist because it orbits its star at an incredible 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance By Ellie Zolfagharifard PUBLISHED: 10:57 EST, 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 10 December 2013 As if plans to send a TARDIS into space weren't enough, now Dr Who fans want to name an entire planet in honour of the show.

    13. UPDATE: #6

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer
      Doctor Who fan in online petition to name newly found planet

      An artist's impression of a young planet in a distant orbit around its host star, similar to the HD106906 system that Doctor Who fans want to see renamed Gallifrey. Photo: Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech Homeless for hundreds of years, the Doctor may finally have a place to call his own - thanks to a 16-year-old from Werribee.

    14. UPDATE: #5

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      Two news articles about the petition have been posted on the IAU website.
      http://www.iau.org/public_press/iau_media/

    15. Reached 75,000 signatures
    16. UPDATE: #4

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      I've made a video about the petition check it out here.
      http://youtu.be/ugn103YiRJs

      Petition to name new planet Gallifrey #GallifreyFound

      http://www.change.org/petitions/international-astronomical-union-to-rename-the-newly-discovered-planet-hd-106906-b-to-gallifrey-in-honour-of-doctor-who-and-its-50-years-gallifreyfound Like, Subscribe & Share this video with your friends! LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE http://on.fb.me/OD37rv OFFICIAL WEBSITE (Store, About Us, Contact Us + More) http://bit.ly/TdTwx6 Want to send us something? Post to The Mighty Challenge PO Box 12180 Melbourne VIC 8006 Australia

    17. Reached 30,000 signatures
    18. UPDATE: #3

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      WOW! I'm blown away by the response! let's keep it coming! keep sharing!
      #GallifreyFound

    19. Reached 3,000 signatures
    20. UPDATE: #2

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      When sharing the petition please use the hashtag (#GallifreyFound)

    21. Reached 1,000 signatures
    22. UPDATE: #1

      Sam Menhennet
      Petition Organizer

      We've just heard from NASA we've aproached the wrong organsiation for naming planets so the petition now directs to the IAU: The Internationl Astronimacal Unioun

      http://www.iau.org/

    23. Reached 500 signatures
    24. Decision-maker Bert Ulrich responds:

      Bert Ulrich

      NASA is not responsible for the naming of planets or other celestial bodies. That responsibility rests with the IAU, the International Astronomical Union founded in 1919. We appreciate the interest but you've approached the wrong organiza...


    25. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • James Hickey SLANE, IRELAND
      • 9 months ago

      We tried our best, in the name of Gallifrey.

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    • Clara Gryffon GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      Whovians unite

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    • Lorraine Quesada TAKOMA PARK, MD
      • 9 months ago

      To Honour The Doctor!

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    • Dianaun Ananas Гент, Фландрия, Бельгия, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
      • 9 months ago

      lol

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    • Ana Luíza Albuquerque RECIFE, BRAZIL
      • 9 months ago

      I think it would be really nice for the show if there was a planet out there named Gallyfrey.

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