M'sian school kids to get chance to name star, exoplanet in contest, says Yeo


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 13 Jun 2019

Yeo (second from right) with former NASA astronaut Charles Bolden (second from left) at the event in the National Planetarium Thursday.

Yeo (second from right) with former NASA astronaut Charles Bolden (second from left) at the event in the National Planetarium Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysian school children will get to use their imagination to name a star and an exoplanet as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Open to primary and secondary school students, Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the contest would be an opportunity for them to expand their knowledge of science.

"We hope that students in Malaysia will not miss the opportunity to propose a Malaysian name for an exoplanet located beyond our solar system, " she said at an event at the National Planetarium here Thursday (June 13).

Expected to run from July 1 until Aug 30, the contest is organised by the planetarium in partnership with non-governmental organisation, ApaDilangit.

It was reported that many countries are already organising national campaigns to get members of the public to contribute ideas and vote for names to submit for the IAU100 NameExoWorlds project.

The initiative sees Malaysia being assigned an exoplanet and the star it orbits to name. - Bernama