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The Name An Asteroid 2013 Campaign Results

On 9 September 2014 the Minor Planet Center published the names that were proposed to and approved by the International Astronomical Union's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature:

(3757) Anagolay

Anagolay is the goddess of lost things in ancient Philippine Tagalog mythology. – Mohammad Abquary Alon (20) from Philippines.

(3988) Huma

The Huma (or Homa) are legendary birds within Iranian mythology and Sufi fable. A huma is a bird of fortune since its touch, or even sight of its shadow, is said to be auspicious. – Foad Kordani (56) and Homa (48) from Iran.

(4633) Marinbica

Marin Dacian Bica (1970–2013) was a Romanian professor of physics and as-tronomy, and a popular tutor to Romanian middle school students participating in International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads. – Alexandru Calin (16), Avram Jessica (16), Daniel Cosovanu (17), Ioana Tatarciuc (17), Milici Alina (17), Rares Iova (16), Cristian Lazar (22), Roxana (22), Ignat Ovidiu Dorin (40), Simanoa Covaci (39), all from Romania.

(4668) Rayjay

Sri Lankan-born and raised Ray Jayawardhana (b. 1971), known as “RayJay”, is an astronomer at the University of Toronto, and an award-winning science writer. – Chanaka Perera (16) from Sri Lanka.

(4784) Samcarin

Samcarin is the Sanskrit word for wanderer. – Aafaque R Khan (23) from India.

(151834) Mongkut

King Monkut (or Rama IV, 1804-1868) was the monarch of Siam from 1851 to 1868. He embraced Western innovations and initiated the modernization of Siam, both in technology and culture, earning him the nickname “The Father of Science and Technology”. – Sethapong Pattaramekanon (13) from Thailand.

 


 

Here is your chance to name an asteroid!

SGAC and the NEO PG in collaboration with the Minor Planet Centre (MPC) are excited to offer you the opportunity to name an asteroid! Entering is easy: Send us your entry in 50 words or less how you would like to name an asteroid and why. 

The naming contest is open to anyone. Submit your entry by November 30 by telling us your name, age, home country and email. Rules for naming are below.

There are two age groups: under 18, and over 18.

The two winners will be announced around the end of December.

If you want to learn more about asteroids and NEOs, watch SGAC's NEO Documentary video and check out the links section below!

 

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Rules

The winning entries will be forwarded to the IAU CSBN – the body responsible for naming small bodies within the solar system, like asteroids. The winning entries will go through the same judging process as any other asteroid. The process can take some time (4-6 months) and there is no guarantee that the winning entry will be accepted.

If you want your name suggestion to win, it is highly recommended to follow the IAU Guidelines for Naming Asteroids.

They include:

  • 16 characters or less in length preferably one word
  • pronounceable (in some language)
  • non-offensive
  • not too similar to an existing name of a Minor Planet or natural Planetary satellite [http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/lists/MPNames.html].
  • names of pet animals are discouraged
  • names of a purely or principally commercial nature are not allowed.
  • The names of individuals or events principally known for political or military activities are unsuitable until 100 years after the death of the individual or the occurrence of the event.

 

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