Executive Committee WG Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites


The goal of this Executive Committee Working Group, created in 2013, is to review or participate in naming campaigns initiated by organizations wishing to have the public engaged in the naming of planets and/or of their surface features (e.g., dwarf planets of the solar system or extrasolar planets), as a way to promote astronomy. These campaigns must be international and free of charge.

Since its creation, the EC-WG has been involved in or sanctioned various campaigns organized by NASA for naming planetary satellites and surface features (typically name suggestions by the public followed by public votes to select the most popular names):

- The two latest Pluto satellites (originally known as P3 and P4) discovered by HST (2013);

- The last craters discovered on Mercury at the end of the Messenger survey mission (2014--2015);

- Pluto surface features, discovered by the New Horizons spacecraft (2015; still pending).

The EC-WG also organized its own campaign (2015) to give for the first time names to selected exoplanets and their host stars, called NameExoWorlds (see details in NameExoWorlds).

Working Group Members (12)


Executive Committee

Thierry Montmerle

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
98-bis bd Arago
75014 Paris

Email: montmerleiapfr
Organization website: http://www.iap.fr

Last updated:
June 7, 2016

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