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So NASA found a new extrasolar planet (a planet outside our solar system). It's a pretty exciting discovery. You know what's less exciting though?
A name only a scientist could love.
Wondering how it got it's current name?
- the name of the space telescope that is scanning for possible planets outside our solar system. The telescope itself gets its name from Johannes Kepler
, a 17th century German astronomer.
22 - The 22nd star with a planet found by Kepler.
B - The second object in that particular system. The star gets the a; each subsequent planet gets the next letter in the alphabet.
So, scientifically, it all adds up. But, really, we know you can come up with a better name.
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. Suggest a name and tell us why you picked it.
Us? We're going with Bambernaut. (Just don't tell Brent)