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Exoplanet Candidates Revealed

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the nice-place-to-visit dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Last summer, NASA announced that the Kepler space telescope had identified more than 700 exoplanet 'candidates' from the first few months of observations in 2009. Only 312 of the candidates were initially made public, while 400 others (click the green search button) were sequestered until February 2011. The team is soon expected to announce that a large number of these candidates have been confirmed as exoplanets. A non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado supports scientific research on the Kepler data through $10 adopt-a-star donations. The price is $100 for confirmed exoplanets, so hurry while these 700+ stars are still 'candidates'!"

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Mmmm (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942066)

How do I get one of these named after me?

Re:Mmmm (3, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942132)

"Ever since the Phoenicians invented money, there has only been one answer to that question." -- Clarence Darrow

Re:Mmmm (3, Funny)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943386)

Actually there has always been two answers. But Clarence being male, only knew about purchasing it. Clarence's wife knew the other one - get some guy to buy it for you.

Re:Mmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34944608)

Valentine's day is just around the corner -- honey, what did you get me?

Sex doesn't work for planet names (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944774)

I don't think this will work for naming a planet.

Minnie was fucking Goofy, but it was Pluto who got the planet name, and now it's not even a planet anymore.

Re:Mmmm (1)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944164)

Eh, if you're a woman, there's always a second answer.

Re:Mmmm (2)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942798)

And a better question: they actually give a discount on a donation? I mean, if you don't want to donate, don't; and if you want to donate less than $100, then donate as much as you want. You actually need the incentive of adopt-a-star in order to donate?

Re:Mmmm (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942836)

I think the tradition is that only comets get to be named by their discoverers. Stars and planets get rather mundane designations.

Re:Mmmm (1)

mikeru22 (1222780) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943196)

I call dibs on one of them...

Soo... (1)

Syberz (1170343) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942074)

Let's say I buy an exoplanet for 100$... then what? In 500+ years when space travel becomes commonplace will my descendants be able to claim mineral rights on this exoplanet?

Re:Soo... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942106)

No, in 500+ years when humans finally reach that planet, they'll wonder why the hell it is named "Syberz". Seriously, wouldn't it be worth at least $100 to name a planet "microsoftsucks"?

Re:Soo... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34942302)

In 500 years will 'microsoft' or 'sucks' have the same meaning as they do now?
Imagine planet: "Ye olde tyme pudding shoppe doth inhale sharply"

o_O

Re:Soo... (2)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942310)

I don't think you even get it named after you..

Your adoption will be acknowledged in the text version of the catalog, in the placemark for your adopted star in Google Sky, and in the table above.

So it'll show you that you donated in three places.. big woop..

Re:Soo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34943294)

So you gave $10... big woop..

Re:Soo... (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942350)

If I had $100, I'd name a planet Urectum , after the Phoenician god of angry winds.

Re:Soo... (1)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942648)

I misread that at first as saying you wanted to name the planet Unicron, which is still a pretty badass choice.

Re:Soo... (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942886)

Formerly Uranus, astronomers renamed this planet in 2620 "to end that stupid joke once and for all."

-Futurama

Re:Soo... (2)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943084)

Formerly Uranus, astronomers renamed this planet in 2620 "to end that stupid joke once and for all.

The joke will never end as long as there are assholes who enjoy it. After all, that god's name was pronounced "oorahnoos".

Re:Soo... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944868)

I always thought it was pronounced "urine us".

Re:Soo... (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34950190)

Formerly Uranus, astronomers renamed this planet in 2620 "to end that stupid joke once and for all.

The joke will never end as long as there are assholes who enjoy it. After all, that god's name was pronounced "oorahnoos".

Yes, because we pronounce all words derived from the dead language Ancient Greek exactly the same way as they were spoken three thousand years ago, generally by comparing our version with the extant phonographic recordings of Socrates' lectures.

Re:Soo... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34950492)

We can be pretty sure they weren't spoken with English pronunciation.

Re:Soo... (1)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 3 years ago | (#34959706)

Formerly "Your Anus", Astronomers renamed that part of your body "Ur Butt" in 2420, "to end that stupid joke once and for all."

- Idiocracy

(OK, it's probably not true ; but Idiocracy is so much more depressingly plausible in it's overall theme.)

Re:Soo... (2)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942198)

No the real danger is when space travel becomes common place and your descendants are required to go there every week and clean the place up from trash and debris that all the people on the bypass toss there.

200 years from now (4, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942112)

Some captain will be looking at their navigation interface and there will be an option for star system naming convention and it will read

  • Intergalactic Federation Official Name
  • Common Name
  • Localized name
  • Old earth adopt-a-star naming system ($19.95 and download required)

Re:200 years from now (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947444)

I'll just settle for spacial coordinates - who needs DNS for stars? ;)

Re:200 years from now (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34950504)

In 200 years we might have telescopes good enough to get decent pictures.

Can I name one Mongo? (2)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942218)

Emperor Ming will be pleased.

Re:Can I name one Mongo? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943004)

The recognition of Ming, means you are a threat to Ming.

I'll be setting up my own registry (1)

cruff (171569) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942262)

When the data is made public, I'll be setting a competing naming registry. Be sure to send me your $100, you'll get naming rights for the exoplanet of your choice!

Re:I'll be setting up my own registry (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942278)

Why even bother waiting for the data?

89.99? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34945890)

do i hear 89.99?

Re:I'll be setting up my own registry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34945178)

Are you also a non-profit organization that supports scientific research?

I didn't think so...

Re:I'll be setting up my own registry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34966924)

Boy the humor in the parent's posting was lost on you!

The ballots will be too confusing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34942318)

The major party planets should each get a slot and the third-party planets can hustle for signatures to get on.

And outright candidate buying may fly in Chicago, but will run afoul on the planetary federation in other jurisdictions.

ho8o (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34942340)

The political mess of user base for arrogancDe was eyes on the real

important questions to ask the candidates... (1)

rivaldufus (634820) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942410)

1. What do you consider as your greatest strength as a would be exoplanet?
2. What was your biggest mistake? I mean, have you ever orbited the wrong way, or destroyed your own satellite?
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Re:important questions to ask the candidates... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34942832)

1. What do you consider as your greatest strength as a would be exoplanet?

First off, I'm a planet, and I'm not in your solar system. So, I think I'm more than qualified.

2. What was your biggest mistake? I mean, have you ever orbited the wrong way, or destroyed your own satellite?

Well, maybe once ... back in college. But, really, who is to decide what is the wrong way to orbit? I was just experimenting. I have friends that orbit that way, and we'd been drinking you see. And that whole satellite thing was just a prank that got way out of hand. We paid for the damages.

3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I don't know ... I'm not really a five-year-plan person. I'm too young to get married, and I'm still trying to figure out what aspect of this I'd like to pursue.

Re:important questions to ask the candidates... (1)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944188)

Sarah Palin is rumored to be an exoplanet candidate for 2012.

Advertising (1)

damuhatori (1203278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942434)

Houston, all systems are go for the launch to planet 1-800-ASK-GARY.

Futurama (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34942938)

http://www.associatepublisher.com/e/l/li/list_of_planets_in_futurama.htm [associatepublisher.com]

Though I thought there was one that the professor got the crew to go to that was named something like "Death Planet of the Doom Cluster" or something like that.

Just think in 1000 years, some guy looking at Google SpaceMap will see a reference for something like that... "Er... set a course for Planet Death, er in the Doom Cluster?"

Sulu: "Are you frickin' kidding me?"

NASA still doing fake images (1)

cinnamon colbert (732724) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943008)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/images/kepler10_1.html [nasa.gov] Has gotta be the NASA version of photoshop On the other hand, for all the gazillions of dollars going into this project, they seem to have outsourced web design and layout to some undergrads, so maybe the same people did the image

No candidates revealed today (2)

Darth Snowshoe (1434515) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943158)

Sort of a questionable initial post here - no new candidates were actually revealed today, or anytime recently. However you can avail yourself of the raw lightcurves in bulk, and declare your own candidates, if you want to. So just go for it, if you have the time -

Adopting = owning? (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34943506)

So I can pass this on through generations of my family until the United Continents of Earth start taking over planets and then my family get fat paid? That might not be a bad investment for $100

Mining rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34943516)

If I then get the mining rights for the entire star system, and can pass it to my decedents, I'm in!

non-profit organization (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34944028)

Can we set one up for something more prosaic, like life extension research??

Re:non-profit organization (1)

klkblake (1705410) | more than 3 years ago | (#34947296)

Like the Methuselah Foundation [mprize.org] ?

I submit myself as an exoplanet candidate. (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944056)

Doc says I need to lose a little weight. I say, "What's wrong with rotund gaseous bodies in circular motion? Look at Uranus!"

Colbert Nation (1)

Rog-Mahal (1164607) | more than 3 years ago | (#34944824)

Anyone notice that Stephen Colbert has apparently already adopted an exoplanet-bearing star? Perhaps its the future site of the Colbert Nation. http://whitedwarf.org/palebluedot/planets.html [whitedwarf.org]

Who else remembers... (1)

Philomage (1851668) | more than 3 years ago | (#34945012)

...When they were scrabbling to find exoplanets one at a time?

I'll say it again: we live in interesting times.

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