It's Time to Play "Name That Exoplanet!"
An explosion of newly discovered planets outside our solar system sparks debate over dense scientific monikers vs. traditional names.
Just as nature abhors a vacuum, humans can’t stand things not having names.
As soon as naturalists spy a never-before-seen creature or explorers stumble upon a new land, they set about christening their discoveries. This undeniable urge has led to some, shall we say, issues over the naming of exoplanets, the worlds beyond our solar system.
For the past 22 years, ever since finding the first exoplanets, researchers have generally preferred alphanumeric scientific designatio...