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Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the a-planet-by-any-other-name dept.

Space 185

SchrodingerZ writes "The nearest planet outside our solar system has recently been named Albertus Alauda. Originally named Alpha Centauri Bb, the planet is the closest known planet not orbiting the Sun, being a mere 4.3 light years away. The name comes from Jay Lark, who won the naming contest held by Uwingu starting last month and ending on April 22. Lark remarks that the name comes from the Latin name of his late grandfather, stating, "My grandfather passed away after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer; his name in Latin means noble or bright and to praise or extol." The competition for naming the planet came from Uwing, a company which used the buying of name proposals and votes to fund grants for future space exploration ventures. Albertus Alauda won the competition with 751 votes, followed by Rakhat with 684 votes, and Caleo, with 622 votes."

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185 comments

Points at Nearest Alien Planet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576571)

Hideki!

Sid Meier (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576589)

The only known planet in Alpha Centauri should naturally have been named "Sid Meier". Any other name will be forgotten in no time by most people.

Re:Sid Meier (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576601)

Who the fuck is Sid Meier?

Re:Sid Meier (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576825)

It's called, "The Google", Grandpa. Learn it, love it, use it.

Re:Sid Meier (2, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | about a year ago | (#43576889)

Sid Meier was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, according to Bing.

Re:Sid Meier (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578151)

Bing

You disgust me.

Re:Sid Meier (1)

Gertlex (722812) | about a year ago | (#43577117)

Or more tastefully, Chiron, as it is called in Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, if I recall correctly.

Also you can still play SMAC! GOG link [gog.com]

Re:Sid Meier (1)

keytoe (91531) | about a year ago | (#43578321)

It's odd to find this here just two days after I discovered that for the low, low price of $5.99 GOG would allow me to once again effortlessly lose track of an entire weekend. I had forgotten how great that game was.

Re:Sid Meier (1)

Gertlex (722812) | about a year ago | (#43578355)

That was myself about 3 weekends ago... though I've never lost my copy of the original CDs. Cheers.

Funny? Interesting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577195)

I like how this is rated "Funny" by people who most likely will forget the name within an hour. What was the name again? Albertus... something. At least Sid Meier is something we can remember with minimal effort.

Mnemonic Device for Quag Meier's brother (2)

rmdingler (1955220) | about a year ago | (#43577509)

Do you have a lot of Prince Albert in a U.S. can?

Re:Sid Meier (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578141)

i really don't give a crap what we call it today. by the time one of us gets there, we'll be calling it something else...and the people that get there will call it something else entirely.

Here's the WORD (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576603)

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Re:Here's the WORD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576727)

Just be careful -- I accidentally squeezed my scrotum instead of the applicator.

Re:Here's the WORD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577291)

Where did their hair go? Where did their hair go?

Re:Here's the WORD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577645)

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Re:Here's the WORD (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577753)

That's not hair, that's mold!

Vulcan (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576611)

Would have been the obvious choice.

Re:Vulcan (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43576665)

It's been blown up by the Romulans, remember?

Re:Vulcan (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#43576913)

It's been blown up by the Romulans, remember?

No, it was blown up by Young Darth Vader in an odd shaped Death Star. The names were changed to protect the innocent. That was just a practice round to prove to Disney that the director was capable of making Star-Wars movies.

Re:Vulcan (1)

TrollstonButtersbean (2890693) | about a year ago | (#43577289)

Star Wars happened "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ..."

Re:Vulcan (2)

xstonedogx (814876) | about a year ago | (#43577617)

Star Wars happened "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ..."

...from the person telling the story.

"Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."

Amazing (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576613)

I'm not sure what to be more surprised about, that 751 suckers paid money to vote on a meaningless name competition, or that slashdot got duped into publishing it as if anyone other than Uwing will actually use the name.

This is just another variant on those "name a star after your mom" scams.

Re:Amazing (5, Informative)

Smallpond (221300) | about a year ago | (#43576677)

The IAU called it a scam and space.com [space.com] called it a scam. So its a scam.

Re:Amazing (4, Informative)

Cow Jones (615566) | about a year ago | (#43576987)

Mod this man up.

From the space.com article, here's what Uwingu's CEO had to say...

"They basically said we're conducting a scam, and nothing could be further from the truth," [...] "They basically put us out of business, and they've ruined our reputation."

"To claim what they claimed — that we're somehow misrepresenting that these were IAU names — has just about put us out of business," Stern told SPACE.com. "It's unbelievable."

"They've spent 18 years with no forward movement — ask planet hunter extraordinaire [and Uwingu adviser] Geoff Marcy," Stern said. "Then somebody else comes along and does something harmless, fun and engaging, and now they're slandering us."

Oh cry me a river...

CJ

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577217)

If it's that easy why not have a planet naming contest here? I hereby name this exoplanet "Taco's World."

Re:Amazing (4, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | about a year ago | (#43577321)

Correct.
Anybody can claim to be running a contest to name anything, legality not withstanding, however, only the body/organization that is internationally recognized as the valid naming registrar can actually place or change names. In this case, it's the IAU (International Astronomical Union).
Uwing claims they didn't say they were sanctioned to do so by IAU, but then again, they didn't say they weren't, and most people will assume that you had obtained permission to do something you are taking money for unless you say otherwise. To not point out that it is an unofficial name choosing, is the first sign of a scam.

Another thing, if you see anyone wanting money for ANYTHING not within the confines of the Earths Troposphere, it's about 99.999% probably it's a scam. You won't get any property, rights, or official naming of anything. There are international treaties that cover a lot of this stuff, and one of the first rules in that whole thing is if you don't have people their, you definitely have no rights to sell it, period. (Even if you do have people there, you still have lots of limits on what you can do.)

By the way, horrible name choice in my opinion. Nice to honor your grandfather, but still, that name sucks.

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578045)

and one of the first rules in that whole thing is if you don't have people their, you definitely have no rights to sell it, period. (Even if you do have people there, you still have lots of limits on what you can do.)

To be exact, the treaty says you don't own it at all even if you live there.

Re:Amazing (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577677)

Space.com did not call it a scam. They quoted Uwingu expressing concern that IAU called it a scam.
You're as bad as CNN, taking a perfectly adequate report, and adding false crap to it to make it "more true".

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578061)

Yes. Because they only way to say what you mean is to say it explicitly.

Re:Amazing (1)

rossdee (243626) | about a year ago | (#43578295)

"The IAU called it a scam"

But then they also called Pluto not-a-planet

I propose that the first human(s) to land on it, or at least orbit it, get to name it.

Unless it is inhabited already, in which case they get to name it.

did anybody asl Peter Jurasik and Stephen Furst ?

Don't worry. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578403)

Maybe an American will finally discover an actual planet one day. Everyone else already has.

Authority... (4, Insightful)

imsabbel (611519) | about a year ago | (#43576619)

Well, that fine.

But I name that planet Bob. And seeing that have just as much authority to name extraterestial bodies as this company that isn't even important enough to have a wikipedia article.

Re:Authority... (2)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about a year ago | (#43576705)

No, sorry matey, my authority outranks yours, as I have 3 ex-wives.
I hereby name this planet: Eric

Re:Authority... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576963)

Have have it from at least three sources that you are always wrong.

Re:Authority... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578315)

It sounds like you're having it with one of the sources right now.

This is like those selling names for stars (4, Informative)

jmauro (32523) | about a year ago | (#43576627)

You get a nice certificate and nothing else. The IAU hasn't even started the process to create the procedure to name exoplanets [iau.org] .

Re:This is like those selling names for stars (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576701)

Relevant link: The Fullness of Time [penny-arcade.com]

Re:This is like those selling names for stars (1)

Black LED (1957016) | about a year ago | (#43578103)

Maybe it's pronounced suh-ZAHN.

Re:This is like those selling names for stars (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576733)

The IAU hasn't even started the process to create the procedure to name exoplanets [iau.org].

Which means nothing.

Popular names are rooted in non-scientific language. You know, that thing that Slashdotters hate which doesn't play by the rules, but plays by rule of majority; where hacker means evildoer and ATM Machine isn't redundant.

Words mean whatever the majority of people say they mean. In a similar vein, popular names are whatever the majority of people say they are. If a billion or two people started calling the sun Bob, we'd be checking the news to what time tomorrow's Bobrise and Bobset are.

Re:This is like those selling names for stars (1)

NettiWelho (1147351) | about a year ago | (#43576829)

The IAU hasn't even started the process to create the procedure to name exoplanets [iau.org] .

Oh Oh Oh !
I got one!

First person on the planet gets to name it

Re:This is like those selling names for stars (1)

tftp (111690) | about a year ago | (#43577693)

First person on the planet gets to name it

What is the chance that an international committee of 100 professional bureaucrats will voluntarily cede their self-assigned right to name planets to some sort of intrepid Captain Lone Starr and his mawg?

Total bullshit (5, Informative)

Kjella (173770) | about a year ago | (#43576653)

The recognized standards body is the International Astronomical Union and their policy is [iau.org] :

Exoplanets
In 2009, the Organizing Committee of IAU Commission 53 Extrasolar Planets (WGESP) on exoplanets discussed the possibility of giving popular names to exoplanets in addition to their existing catalogue designation (for instance HD 85512 b). Although no consensus was reached, the majority was not in favour of this possibility at the time.

However, considering the ever increasing interest of the general public in being involved in the discovery and understanding of the Universe, the IAU decided in 2013 to restart the discussion of the naming procedure for exoplanets and assess the need to have popular names as well. In 2013 the members of Commission 53 will be consulted in this respect and the result of this will be made public on this page.

This is just a company click-baiting by holding naming contests, they have no official standing whatsoever. Is this more dice.com crap?

Re:Total bullshit (2)

Mr. McGibby (41471) | about a year ago | (#43576893)

If the IAU can't get off their collective asses and start doing their job properly, then they'll soon find themselves outvoted by the likes of Uwingu who are going to do it for them. The IAU only has the position it has because they did a good job of gaining consensus until recently with the whole Pluto fiasco. And if you don't think that was a fiasco, then you don't know enough about it. If they screw up exoplanet naming, then people are going to start looking to someone else or just ignore the IAU. Nobody wants that, so perhaps the IAU should stop acting like entitled pricks and do their damn job.

http://www.space.com/20665-planet-naming-controversy-iau-uwingu.html [space.com]

Re:Total bullshit (3, Interesting)

awrc (12953) | about a year ago | (#43577751)

Get off their collective asses? What's the urgency? Are the names of these exoplanets going to have any significance to *anybody* other than astronomers anytime soon? For values of "soon" that could measure in centuries. It's not as if somebody's desperately waiting on this information so they can put out bus timetables.

Naminf of Astronomical Objects (4, Informative)

jmpace2017 (839325) | about a year ago | (#43576655)

I think the International Astronomical union is the only "Earthly" organization to assign official names to astronomical objects...

Re:Naminf of Astronomical Objects (1)

Radak (126696) | about a year ago | (#43578399)

There should be a Slashdot achievement for "Got typo modded up". :)

Name it samzenpus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576679)

Name it samzenpus in the hope that one day soon he will go there and never come back.

NEVER SEEN ANOTHER, NON-ALIEN PLANET !! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576681)

By def.

Re:NEVER SEEN ANOTHER, NON-ALIEN PLANET !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576861)

You are a retard. By def.

The term "alien planet" is actually quite commonly used, which you would have know if you had just taken one fucking minute to Google it.

It means, of course, a planet outside our solar system.

751? We didn't have enough ballot box stuffers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576693)

For the Slashdot entry, Phokenaye.

Here's an idea (4, Interesting)

LordNimon (85072) | about a year ago | (#43576713)

How about ... the first person to set foot on the planet gets to name it?

Re:Here's an idea (1)

Incadenza (560402) | about a year ago | (#43576805)

How about asking the native Alaudans? We should now better by now than to continue our colonial past.

Re:Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577059)

How about asking the native Alaudans?

Do they have feet?

Re:Here's an idea (4, Insightful)

cynop (2023642) | about a year ago | (#43576863)

When deep space exploration ramps up it'll be the corporations that name everything... the "IBM Stellar Sphere", the "Microsoft Galaxy", "Planet Starbucks".

Re:Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577309)

"Planet Starbucks"

The natives of that planet didn't get the memo as they still call it "Earth".

No need to wait (3, Funny)

Roger W Moore (538166) | about a year ago | (#43577939)

There is already a Disney World. ;-)

Re:Here's an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577465)

How about ... the first person to set foot on the planet gets to name it?

If we do that then mars will get some unpronounceable Chinese name.

Re:Here's an idea (1)

kperson (771747) | about a year ago | (#43577695)

If it has no name until you get there, what are you going to enter into your nav computer?

His name is Dirt.. (4, Interesting)

sstamps (39313) | about a year ago | (#43576729)

When the native Alaudans were asked "what does the name of your planet mean in your tongue?"

"Dirt", they replied.

Re:His name is Dirt.. (2)

NettiWelho (1147351) | about a year ago | (#43576807)

When the native Alaudans were asked "what does the name of your planet mean in your tongue?"

"Dirt", they replied.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_(mythology) [wikipedia.org]

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Tellus or Terra Mater ("Mother Earth") is a goddess of the earth.

Re:His name is Dirt.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576909)

That gag is a little simplistic. Earth doesn't just mean "dirt". It's a term encompassing all forms of stone and soil. It's also used yo refer to land, particularly arable land. It's also an element in classical philosophy.

Basically the term "earth" is an idealized catch all term for what's under our feet.

I will call it Albertus Alauda... (1)

Jonathan Plaster (2905329) | about a year ago | (#43576737)

when they pry the planet Pluto from my cold, dead hands.

Re:I will call it Albertus Alauda... (1, Flamebait)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year ago | (#43577075)

when they pry the planet Pluto from my cold, dead hands.

Eris is 27% more massive than Pluto. [wikipedia.org] You can have Pluto as a Planet if you're willing to agree humans are all blind as bats because they didn't see THE OTHER PLANET that was hovering about your star, even after all those centuries looking, you only just spotted it 8 years ago...

Or, you can just de-list Pluto and save some of your pathetic face, human. Hell, you wouldn't even raise an eyebrow if there were thousands of colony ships just sitting right in your back yard, gravitationally maneuvering a small moon into just the right orbit to create a nice warm magma-world where you sit now... You study such small patches of the sky at great distances, and ignore the much nearer and real threat of assured extinction. "It's not a question of 'if', It's only a matter of time" I hear your broadcasts say about repeating the events that destroyed the previous dominant life on your planet. Oh, but what if the next time is worse? It could be MUCH worse for you, indeed. How many dwarf planets are left unseen, unnamed, right in your own solar system? Wouldn't you like to know?! No, obviously not.

You had your chance: You made it to the closest easiest target, but then parked your waste-holes for over 40 stellar orbits. Had you shown promise, been prodigiously diligent or at least sensible enough to expend the small cultural effort to develop the tech to colonize beyond your planet's safe magnetosphere then maybe things would have worked out differently for you... The Universe has neither love nor sympathy for lazy complacent races such as yours.

"Cold, dead hands" -- Ha! They might as well be for all the good you've done with them.

Koozebane (4, Interesting)

SplashMyBandit (1543257) | about a year ago | (#43576799)

Damn he won the contest. As a former member of a team that discovered planets using gravitational microlensing I always wanted to get the chance to name a planet "Koozebane", which is the planet many muppet aliens (supposedly) come from. Instead they got named boring things like "MACHO-98-BLG-35". Lucky guy to name the planet.

Re:Koozebane (4, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about a year ago | (#43577339)

This is precisely why I want scientists naming planets according to an accepted method of taxonomy. Koozebane? Seriously? Because muppets? I like the muppets as much as the next man but come on - a heavenly object stuck with a ridiculous name like that forever just because some guy thought it would be funny? Ugh no.

Re:Koozebane (1, Insightful)

SplashMyBandit (1543257) | about a year ago | (#43577833)

Fair enough, but there is no accepted taxonomy for planets. In the case of the gravitational microlensing planetary events it is an accident of project, year and event within the year. In short, arbitrary and meaningless. Then we can take plenty of the traditional star names out there, eg. "Algol" from Arabic Al Gol "The ghoul" or "winking demon" from its variable nature. That is no less ridiculous than Koozebane, and less funny.

Re:Koozebane (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | about a year ago | (#43577929)

This happens anyway. You do know why Eris's moon is called Dysnomia [wikipedia.org] , right?

They are missing out on a real opportunity. (1)

Anarchduke (1551707) | about a year ago | (#43576823)

They could lease naming rights to companies. I can see it now.

The intersteller transport to the nearby colony planet of Godaddy.com will depart shortly. There will be a brief layover on the forest moon of Playtex Gentle Glide. I remind you again that exporting any sentient vegetation from the planet Monsanto is strictly forbidden.

TXPNONBTSC (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576841)

The eXoPlanet Not Officially Named By That Scam Company

I thnk it's tim (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576879)

We live in our fantasy worlds more guys. Just think that all our planets are named after deities, who may have actually just been masters in the Greek world that felt enamored by having their slaves name planets after them in the future.

I've always felt that there's something much more noble about fantasy and gaming than I first thought. It's empowering you to say no t the representations forced upon you that mean nothing. Alpha centauri Bb is an entirely more respectable name for a planet. It's alpha donating -1 (first), centauri - constellation shaped liked centaur and Bb being the designation of not being Aa - whatever Aa is. It's a selfish name that's even worse, naming it after his late Father.

Here on Earth, we should have the chance to use the language to shape and condition naming conventions based on something more ambitious and inspiring - like for example actual properties of the planet or quirkiness of it, based on a deeper understanding, rather than naming a boy after his father, how about investigating hos star sign.

For example, did you know Io is the only moon in our solar system that makes a noise, like other planets with magnetic fields. Io, doesn't have a magnetic field either but it interacts so strongly with Jupiter that it makes it makes its own sound. (You can google 'sound of Jupiter' etc. ).

So, for Io, lets assume a thoughtful and endearing name for Io (what makes it distinct in one thoughtful way) is some play on the word 'conductor'.
Jupiter generates a very beautiful sound from its electromagnetic waves when its frequency is shifted and shifted into the audible spectrum. Io makes a sound because it dances inside the EM field of Jupiter and is so in a way like an instrument or a conductor. I like to think of Jupiter as a great symphony and Io, (which also makes nice sounds) is a conductor. The Greek name for conductor is 'Agowash'

There have been many great music conductors, but there's one named 'Rattle' which also happens to be a child's instrument, and would make a decent name.
Or we could say that because Io is a very volcanic planet from this EM interaction and gravitational effect of Jupiter that is like an active volcano. Active volcanoes on Earth are ones that have been active in our current geological epoch, so you could name it after this epoch - 'Holocene'

Live more in your fantasy and your mind, I say guys, because there's very little in this world that will inspire you. These days, that which is interesting is inversely proportional to that which is popular.

Or you could name it Albertus Alauda......

Better idea. (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year ago | (#43576891)

When I learned that a tanker was named after Condoleezza Rice, I got an idea:

What if we dedicated a kind of object (fuel delivery vehicle or installation may be a good choice, but it can be anything, even exoplanets) to be named after the worst people we know, but the person or organization naming it must be confined to someone close in origin, to avoid obvious abuse? Maybe specifically exclude Hitler from available choices, but imagine living in a colony on the planet Malyuta Skuratov or Andrei Chikatilo...

Re:Better idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43576979)

My Dad once said and I agree that toilets should have a picture of Stalin in them.

Just for you, I'm going to name my next dump after Malyuta Skuratov.

especially if it's diarrhea (sounds a bit like Skuratov) : )

Re:Better idea. (1)

Alex Belits (437) | about a year ago | (#43577037)

But only if you are Russian or at least from former Russian Empire or USSR, following the proposed rule. Otherwise, everyone will name things after foreign leaders and politicians, diluting the intended disgrace and derision. For example, I should not be able to name things after the above mentioned Condoleezza Rice.

Re:Better idea. (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year ago | (#43577063)

You do realize that 99.999% of the people in the universe will have no idea what you're talking about ... right? That of course would completely defeat the purpose of the naming scheme, don't you think?

Don't try so hard to be clever and maybe you will actually be clever.

Wait a second... (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | about a year ago | (#43576933)

What do the residents of the planet have to say about this?

Who gave IAU naming authority anyway? (1)

caseih (160668) | about a year ago | (#43576965)

Was this by international treaty? As they say, "I don't remember voting for you."

Re:Who gave IAU naming authority anyway? (2)

kinthalas (102827) | about a year ago | (#43577163)

So we vote for science now? Whatever is most popular gets to be true?

Who would you want to be in charge of this? I tend to think that an international committee of actual astronomers is probably going to do a better job than letting a company decide.

Re:Who gave IAU naming authority anyway? (1)

schnell (163007) | about a year ago | (#43578409)

So we vote for science now? Whatever is most popular gets to be true?

Not about what is true, about what things are named. Scientific truth is objective, names are not. Is it "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" or "North Korea?" "Denali" or "Mount McKinley?" "Strategic Defense Initiative" or "Star Wars?" "Gravina Island Bridge" or "Bridge to Nowhere?"

The moral of the story is that a thing is called what people want to call it. Even if your name is the "official" one, it doesn't matter much if everybody else calls it something else.

700 votes? (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | about a year ago | (#43576975)

Only 700 votes? We could easily have had a planet named SlashDot!

Re:700 votes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577233)

Only 700 votes? We could easily have had a planet named SlashDot!

But do we want SlashDot to be that far away? I image it would cause some serious lag with those ping times.

Slashdot keeps getting shittier (4, Insightful)

Nimey (114278) | about a year ago | (#43577047)

The fuck, man? Posting a story that 700-some idiots paid actual money to have a chance to give an exoplanet a non-official name and pretending like it means something?

Is this Slashdot or is it Entertainment Weekly?

Re:Slashdot keeps getting shittier (1)

CanEHdian (1098955) | about a year ago | (#43577597)

I have no mod points laying around, but I'd mod parent up. Just because space.com picks up a story doesn't make it newsworthy. What's next? Dig up some story about how you can plots of land on the Moon?

Anybody want to buy an Asteroid? I'm giving a $25,000 discount to the first 10 buyers!

Re:Slashdot keeps getting shittier (1)

kumanopuusan (698669) | about a year ago | (#43578209)

Dig up some story about how you can plots of land on the Moon?

That sounds like an awesome story! Those must be some big cans. How do you get them to the Moon and what do you do with them afterward?

Not the full name (1)

Nemyst (1383049) | about a year ago | (#43577053)

It's Albertus Alauda, powered by Dice (TM).

not gonna happen (2)

dnorman (135330) | about a year ago | (#43577065)

um. no. some dotcom doesn't get to sell naming rights to planets. and some dude doesn't get to immortalize his papa because he can fill in an online form. gramps may have been awesome, but he doesn't get the nearest extra-solar planet named after him...

Wasted Planet II (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | about a year ago | (#43577081)

The second planet now known to be wasted by humans.

no skin in the game (1)

noshellswill (598066) | about a year ago | (#43577151)

Of-course Alpha Centuri hasn't been renamed ... by some  flea-bag pimping company and snot-nose fyuck with 700-odd votes. Naming power ??? They have no skin-in-the-game, from the Babylonian seers to Bekenstein and need a good bytchslapping to set them straight!  Alert === from the same Libertoon crowd that patents genes .... 

Nobody suggested this? (2)

xenoc_1 (140817) | about a year ago | (#43577207)

Wouldn't the obvious choice be Zephram? After all, he was from Alpha Centuri before he was from Montana.

Well, depending on your subjective timeline, that is.

Either that, or name it Londo.

IAU, Please (2)

Dereck1701 (1922824) | about a year ago | (#43577225)

"the International Astronomical Union issued a press release stressing its authority as the sole arbiter of the exoplanet-naming process"

While this of course is at best a PR/Fundraising scheme, and at worst a scam, I don't particularly have much respect for the IAU either. Some of their past decisions are less about science, and more about politics. They CONSIDER themselves the "official" naming organization but in the annals of history I don't think their decisions are going to mean a hole lot.

Re:IAU, Please (4, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | about a year ago | (#43577741)

Is your butt still hurt about Pluto?

Ok. (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#43577447)

I can live with the name, but I thought "Caleo" was a nie choice as well. "Caleo" is "flame" in latin.

The real most important thing: (1)

RMingin (985478) | about a year ago | (#43577475)

While it's cute that Uwingu let this guy believe he named a planet for his dead grandpa, it's not cool that they seem to be presenting it as an official, authoritative name.

Uwingu chooses names, sure, but they are official only to Uwingu itself and optionally, some of their users.

Until and unless the IAU gives some authority to Uwingu, they have none. IAU says it's still AlphaCent-Bb.

So aliens there will be called "Albertans"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577601)

We Canucks would love that :)

Re:So aliens there will be called "Albertans"? (1)

tompaulco (629533) | about a year ago | (#43577709)

We Canucks would love that :)

There are no aliens there. If we go there, then there will be aliens there.

The local race is not going to be happy (1)

jonfr (888673) | about a year ago | (#43577791)

The local race in that area (Alpha Century) is not going to be happy about it once they find out, in about 75 years time or so.

Niven FTW! Come on, guys. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43577931)

We must call it Wunderland, I think that should be obvious to this crowd...

there's something important to do first... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43578097)

Now we know there is a planet by Alpha Centauri hadn't we better check out their local planning department to find out when that damn hyperspace bypass is coming through?

It is on the same elvel as claiming a moon parcel (1)

aepervius (535155) | about a year ago | (#43578339)

As long as you can't set foot and have a permanent presence on the moon/exoplanet, it is just fun. Unless people pay money then it is a scam.
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