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Cyprus will have opportunity to name exoplanet

Cyprus will soon have the unique opportunity to choose a name to be given to an exoplanet, it was announced on Wednesday.
The decision follows the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation’s (CSEO) accession to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) last year.
According to Cyprus News Agency sources, a campaign will start soon involving the people of Cyprus, while more details as regards the campaign, the timeframes, the date of the final announcement of the name as well as the exoplanet itself, such as its distance from the Earth and its size, will be announced during a press conference which will take place on Thursday.
The CSEO became an official national member of IAU last August and is now able to vote for decisions taken by this international organisation.
At the same time, the CSEO was given the opportunity to choose a name to be given to an exoplanet.
The IAU was founded a century ago in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. It is the world`s largest professional body for astronomers.
Its individual members are professional astronomers from all over the world who are active in professional research and education in astronomy.
The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them.
Exoplanets are planets which orbit a star outside the solar system. There are currently 4,103 confirmed exoplanets in 3,056 systems.

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