Questions tagged [naming]

Questions regarding the process of assigning an identifying set of characters to an astronomical object.

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Is there a timeline for the naming of the TRAPPIST-1 worlds?

For the moment, the TRAPPIST-1 worlds are just known by their official designations, like "TRAPPIST-1a" etc. NASA made a casual tweet asking people what they would name the worlds, and there has been ...
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Why was the diaeresis removed from Pasiphae?

The Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature notes that the spelling of Jupiter's moon Pasiphae was changed from Pasiphaë in July 2009, i.e. they removed the diaeresis. I've been unable to track down the ...
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Who gave the Pelican Nebula its name?

IC 5070 is a nebula in Cygnus that is also sometimes called the Pelican Nebula. Who gave it this name?
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Are sunspots named or individually tracked?

This is a follow-up question to How are the solar flares from May 23, 2021 extraordinary? which is about news of spaceweather.org. In the present question, I am curious solely about sun-spots and why ...