September 9, 2022
The contest is part of the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) “NameExoWorlds 2022” campaign to name planets and stars outside the solar system that have been discovered or confirmed so far this year.
NARIT’s exoplanet researcher Suphachai Awiphan said on Thursday that the institute is inviting people to submit Thai names for the star GJ 3470 and the planet GJ 3470b that orbits it.
Participants must explain the relation between both names in 3-4 sentences. Each name must be able to be transcribed in English in 4-16 characters.
Names can be submitted now until October 7 via https://bit.ly/NameExoWorldsThailand2022.
NARIT will select 10 pairs from participants, who must compete in the final round by presenting the concept behind their names. Then two sets will be picked for people to vote on online. The winning names will be submitted to the IAU, which will officially announce them in March 2023.