Distant star and planet get new Cree names following national contest – Folio

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202062 Views

February 26 2020

Winning Canadian entry renames star and exoplanet Nikâwiy and Awasis, translated as “my mother” and “child” in Cree.

A giant planet 344 light-years from Earth and the star it orbits have new names in the Cree language, thanks to a national contest.

The star HD136418 and its exoplanet HD136418b were renamed Nikâwiy (pronounced NI-gah-wee) and Awasis (pronounced ah-wah-sis), which translate into English as “my mother” and “child.”

The contest was part of the International Astronomical Union’s NameExoWorlds contest, in which 100 countries around the world were asked to name planets orbiting stars other than our sun, along with the stars they orbit.

“The original idea for the naming convention came from Amanda Green, a junior-high science teacher in Alberta, and was then modified slightly by Wilfred Buck, a noted Cree educator who specializes in astronomy education,” said University of Alberta astrophysicist Sharon Morsink, who led the Canadian initiative, managed by the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA).

Read More: https://www.folio.ca/distant-star-and-planet-get-new-cree-names-following-national-contest/

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