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!
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