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Competition Will Let You Name an Exoplanet

When it comes to naming all those exoplanets that astronomers keep finding, it's up to the International Astronomical Union (IAU)…

1 year ago

Carnival of Space #575

Welcome to the 575th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers,…

2 years ago

Pluto’s Charon Gets Mountains Named After Sci-Fi Authors Octavia Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as Well as Many Others From History and Legend. I Approve!

The IAU just approved of a dozen names for features on Pluto's moon Charon, which include mountains named after Octavia…

3 years ago

86 Stars Just got Official Names from the IAU

The IAU just approved the names of 86 new stars, the majority of which are derived from Chinese, Hindu, Aboriginal,…

3 years ago

The Crater Constellation

Located in the southern hemisphere is the Crater constellation (aka. "the cup), one of the 88 modern constellations recognized by…

3 years ago

The Chamaeleon Constellation

Located in the southern sky is the small Chamaeleon constellation, an asterism that was first defined in the 16th century.

3 years ago

Newly Discovered House-Sized Asteroid 2017 HX4 Flew Safely Past the Earth Yesterday

A Near Earth Object (NEO) passed Earth at a distance of about 3.7 Lunar Distances on May 8th, 2017, passing…

3 years ago

Sad About Pluto? How about 110 Planets in the Solar System Instead?

A new geophysical definition has been proposed by a team of planetary scientists, one which would result in a Solar…

4 years ago

What is a Planet?

The concept of a planet has evolved considerably over time, thanks to ongoing discoveries and refinements in the field of…

4 years ago

227 Stars Given Names By International Astronomical Union

After months of research, the IAUs Working Group on Star Names has released a catalog that restored the assigned traditional…

4 years ago