River of Stars: Exoplanet Named After Thai ‘Chao Phraya’ River
By Asaree Thaitrakulpanich
November 5, 2019
Thailand’s mightiest river and one of its tributaries are making their mark among the stars.
Based on votes by Thai citizens, the WASP-50 star and its orbiting exoplanet WASP-50 b is now named after the Chao Phraya River and Mae Ping river, respectively.
If more exoplanets are discovered orbiting Chao Phraya, they will also be named after the river’s other tributaries such as the Wang, Yom, and Nan Rivers.
The naming effort is part of the “NameExoWorlds” project by the International Astronomical Union, the only internationally-recognized body that can officially assign names to celestial bodies, and is held in honor of the organization’s 100th year.
Voting lasted throughout October.
A similar campaign was held back in 2015, where Thailand named a star Chalawan and two orbiting planets Taphao Thong and Taphao Kaew, after Thai folklore of a crocodile king who captured a Phichit woman to make her his wife, and the other after her sister.
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