The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is a globally recognized authority that assigns designations and names to objects across the universe. To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the IAU has organized the “IAU 100 NameExoWorlds” campaign, which allows each country to give a name to a selected exoplanet and its host star. The selection of an exoplanet and its host star is done after considering how visible they are from each country. Nearly 100 countries have signed up to organize national campaigns that will allow the public to vote. According to the IAU’s website, “The aim of this initiative is to create awareness of our place in the universe and to reflect on how Earth would potentially be perceived by a civilization on another planet.” The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute has announced that the IAU has designated HD 100655, a star located in the zodiac constellation of Leo, and its planetary system for Korea. The Korean Astronomical Society’s special committee for the IAU’s centennial will accept proposals from the public from July to December and announce its decision.
Hanna Jeong Staff Reporter
1. What does the International Astronomical Union do?
2. What is the “IAU 100 NameExoWorlds” campaign?
3. What is HD 100655?
1. Do you have any name suggestions for HD 100655?
2. Do you think there is importance in naming a selected exoplanet and its host star?
3. Do you think there are other life forms outside of our planet?