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Can One Buy the Right to Name a Planet?

12 Apr 2013, 15:45 UTC
Can One Buy the Right to Name a Planet?

In the light of recent events, where the possibility of buying the rights to name exoplanets has been advertised, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) wishes to inform the public that such schemes have no bearing on the official naming process. The IAU wholeheartedly welcomes the public’s interest to be involved in recent discoveries, but would like to strongly stress the importance of having a unified naming procedure.

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