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Vote: name for the star and exoplanet searched for

The red giant star in the constellation of Giraffe and its Exoplanet wear so far, only catalog numbers. This is supposed to be different: school groups, and Amateur astronomers are invited name to submit proposals.

for the First time, the German Public may nominate an exoplanet and its star. School classes, kindergarten groups and organized group of Amateur astronomers will be able to submit until September, proposals for the names of the planet and its star. The action of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will today be at an event of the German centre for air and space travel (DLR) in Erfurt are presented, including the activation of a own site.

the two celestial bodies HD32518 and HD32518b hot, the IAU announced, which celebrates this year its centenary. From the proposals submitted, a six-member Committee will select their five favorites, the citizens of the Federal Republic in the autumn will be able to vote. The winning Name will be forwarded to the IAU for the official naming.

visible to the naked eye

exoplanets are planets outside of our solar system, they revolve not around our sun, but another star. The Exoplanet HD32518b has three times the mass of the giant planet Jupiter and orbits the star with the catalog number HD32518. This is a red giant star in the constellation of Giraffe close to the polar star.

with binoculars and sometimes even with the naked eye visible star of the same mass as our sun has about its diameter is about ten Times larger. The Exoplanet HD32518b was discovered, among other things, of the scholar Michaela Döllinger in the year 2009. Usually Exo-planets don't get names.

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