On its 100th anniversary, the International Astronomy Union gives each Member State the choice of words for a planet and the star around which it circulates. Today, there are thousands of stars and aliens without a name, officially just the union, but this summer there is an opportunity for the population. For Latvia, the name should be chosen for a star that can be seen with the armed eye throughout the year along with the Great Gray Scale.
Citizens have the opportunity to name a planet and a starSintija Ambote
This summer, Latvia must decide how to call the star HD 118203 and the planet around it. The countries of the International Union of Astronomy have made this opportunity over the centuries. According to its physical characteristics, the star assigned to Latvia belongs to the submilic category. It is orange and slightly larger than the sun.
"The star is far from the Sun – about 300 light-years, it can not be seen with the naked eye, but it is in the constellation of Great Bear or Great Gray Scarlet near Micara." That means finding the constellation of Great Gray Rats in the sky, with a three-star curve line called the bear's tail. The middle is Micara, and then there's a little Latvian star left, which has only numbers for now. A satellite was revealed to this star in 2005, and as there are about 4,000 of these open planets, not all are named, but within this action, Latvia has a unique opportunity, the astronomer Ilgonis Vilks.
The planet around the selected star is twice as massive as the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter. In addition, it circulates very close to its star and does so in just six days.
& Quot; This means that she is very close to her star and is very hot. However, it is a planet and we have the opportunity to give a word. It is a mandatory rule to have a word and not exceed 16 letters and not repeat the names of existing celestial bodies. More than 20 asteroids are connected to Latvia, there are another Latvia, Riga, several asteroids named in names of scientists and artists circling between orbits of Mars and Jupiter. These names should not be repeated, "Wolf explains.
Stars may have one or more star catalog numbers after their discovery or search, but names can only be assigned by the International Astronomy Union.
Despite the fact that there are billions of stars, just over three hundred of these stars are real names like Syria.
Wolf adds that the names of the star and the planet need not be in English:
& Quot; It may be a pure name for Latvia, but we should think of sustainability if another planet is discovered for this star, so it would be nice to have those names intertwined. I also filled out the form and suggested that the star could be called Spidola, the planet could be Lāčplēsis and then the chain of names could be continued with words from the epic. It is just one of the options, but every inhabitant of Latvia has the opportunity to offer its own variant.
Leaving the Latvian foreigner and his star occur in two rounds. Firstly, in early August, the portal of the University of Latvia has the opportunity to request both titles. Then, from the applications, the Astronomical Commission will select 10 sets of the most binding titles. In September, however, a vote on the most appropriate option will take place on the site, and the names of the great celestial bodies will be announced in early October.
The International Astronomy Union intends to provide official confirmation by the end of December.