Russians will choose a name for stars in Big dipper

On the website of the Institute of astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences started the vote, which will help you to choose the name for the star at the moment, wearing only the symbol of HAT-P-3. Results will be announced on 15 November 2019.

Last summer the international astronomical Union announced the launch of the competition in which representatives from different countries will be able to choose the name for stars and planets outside the Solar system. To participate in the project were invited, including the Russians, who will be able to suggest names for an orange dwarf star in the constellation URSA major.

Having reviewed more than three hundred options, the experts of the Institute of astronomy of the selected sixteen pairs of names, one of which corresponds to the star and another planet in its orbit. They are divided into three categories: mythological, literary, ethnographic and historical and geographical names. The overall winner will be invited the International astronomical Union as the primary option and the backup will be presented to the winners of the other two groups.

Lately the people who are not professional scientists, are relatively often given the opportunity to participate in the choice of names for space objects. Recently, American astronomers representing the Carnegie institution, proposed to Internet users to give names of 20 previously unknown satellites of satura, and some of the moons of Jupiter were named willing even earlier.

In February last year, the us space Agency NASA invited Internet users to come up with names for the planets in the system TRAPPIST-1. The planet had been recently discovered orbiting a single star in the constellation of Aquarius, and soon a number of scholars have suggested that some of the found celestial bodies may be habitable Il even inhabited. Then the most popular suggestion was to name the planet the names of the characters of the brothers Grimm fairy tale “Snow white and the seven dwarfs”. The fact that in English the word Dwarf may refer to as “dwarf” (including if we are talking about dwarf stars), and “gnome”. Since the star TRAPPIST-1 is a red dwarf, and the planets around it, seven discovered, many English-speaking Internet users felt that to name them after the dwarves would be symbolic. However, while the planet continue to wear the letter that is received when they are opened.

Earlier Internet voting was allowed to choose the name two moons of Pluto, discovered in 2011, they received the designation of “Cerberus” and “Styx”. Each of the proposed voting options were related to reco-Roman mythology and the underworld of Hades. Experts, however, reserved the right to name the satellites in its sole discretion, if, for one reason or another they do not agree with the opinion of the Internet users.


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