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You won't be able to give a planet an insulting name to denigrate a politician, but if you're part of the amateur astronomy world, you can help bestow names on exoplanets. The International Astronomical Union has opened up 305 exoplanets for public input into naming, with public astronomical organisations, or “non-profit …

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Unhappy

"... only non-offensive names will be accepted"

So, no planet Belgium ...

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And no planet America

since we're considered very offensive. Both socially and militarily.

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MrT
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Ooh, can we name ...

...one of that planet's moons "Hillyar"? Hits the military no-no button too - James Hillyar RN ;-)

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A pity that...

... Fintlewoodlewix is already taken...

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Anonymous Coward

Pity that individuals can't propose names...

...only vote on them.

No doubt the vote will be ignored anyway if Ferenginar/Vulcan/Romulus etc. comes out on top...

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Joke

Captain Thrace will be upset

there will [...] be no “planet [...] Starbucks”

Well frak me sideways.

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Magrathea

or Kakrafoon. Either one, to pay proper homage.

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Are they sure these exist?

Given that three "Earth-like" planets they thought were out there were shown to be sunspots last week.

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Bob

There has to be at least one that is going to be called Bob, correct?

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Childcatcher

Re: Bob

You can't call a planet 'Bob'! I'm never calling it that.

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Alien

I humbly submit the following name...

"Next gas 22,753,291,487,000 miles"

(And no, I am not translating that into kilometers!)

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Boffin

Re: I humbly submit the following name...

$ units

Currency exchange rates from 2012-10-24

2585 units, 85 prefixes, 66 nonlinear units

You have: 22753291487000 miles

You want: brontosauruses

* 2.6479985e+14

/ 3.7764372e-15

You have:

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Fergus

Lovely that!

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Just pick 'em from EE Smith.

http://thelensuniverse.blogspot.com/2009/05/planet-trenco.html

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Alien

Vogsphere?

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