Here’s your chance to name some of the first JWST targets

Uninspired by the dull scientific numbering of exoplanets? Well, here’s your chance to name an alien world and its host star by connecting them to human cultures.

To mark the 10th anniversary of its Office for Astronomy Outreach, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is holding a contest to name 20 exoplanetary systems that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will observe. (The IAU is responsible for all names in space.) The competition, NameExoWorlds 2022seeks to bring together professional astronomers and the wider public to offer the opportunity to name 20 selected exoplanetsalong with their host stars, while also creating links from space science to various cultures on Earth.

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