Students, teachers and astronomy enthusiasts stand to win a BRESSER NANO AR-70/700 AZ Telescope as part of NameExoWorlds 2022 competition.
For a chance to win a telescope, join the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition in three easy steps:
1. Create a team
2. Host an outreach event
3. Submit your name proposal via this form
About NameExoWorlds 2022
Through the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) invites you to engage with your communities and have the opportunity to name one exoplanet and its host star. The first exoplanets were discovered just three decades ago and over 5000 have been identified since. Most of these planets are only referred to by their scientific designations (like HD 95086 or WD 0806-661) and have no connections to our stories and cultures.
Through the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition, anyone, including students and teachers, astronomy enthusiasts, amateur astronomers and exoplanetary scientists, may form a team and propose names for one of 20 exoplanetary systems, each of which consists of one known exoplanet and its host star.
For more information on NameExoWorlds 2022 visit https://www.nameexoworlds.iau.org/
Win a Telescope
As part of the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition, the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, in collaboration with its partners Sterren Schitteren Voor Iedereen (Stars Shine For Everyone – SSVI), Ghent University, Dept. Physics and Astronomy, Leiden University, and BRESSER will award 15 BRESSER NANO AR-70/700 AZ Telescopes autographed by (at least) Dirk Frimout, Frank De Winne and Samantha Cristoforetti to the best outreach events registered as part of the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition. Winners of the BRESSER telescopes will be selected based on:
Creativity: Has the event brought about an imaginative or unusual approach to enthusing the public about astronomy?
Community Engagement: Has the event garnered participation from communities that aren’t focused on astronomy or made efforts to connect to non-astronomy enthusiasts?
For more information on contest eligibility, terms and conditions, please read this document.
Please notice that the selection of the best outreach events doesn’t overlap with the selection of names for exoplanets and their host stars.
The deadline to submit your entry to the NameExoWorlds 2022 competition is 11 December 2022. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the NameExoWorlds 2022 team at email@example.com.
NameExoWorlds 2022 is a collaboration between the IAU Executive Committee Working Group on Exoplanetary Systems Nomenclature and the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach.
NameExoWorlds 2022 Team
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO)