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Final Countdown in ‘People’s Choice’ Contest to Choose a Name Alpha Centauri's Planet
Space company UwinguTM’s ‘People’s Choice’ contest to determine the public’s choice name for the nearest known planet around another star ends Monday at midnight Eastern time in the US. Helps fund space educators affected by budget cuts.
What name does the public want?
Uwingu Funding Education via Contest
Embargoed Until 10 a.m. Eastern Time, 11 April 2013.
Boulder, Colorado—Space company UwinguTM’s ‘People’s Choice’ contest to determine the public’s choice name for the nearest known planet around another star ends Monday at midnight Eastern time in the US. Currently that planet, orbiting alpha Centauri, is called alpha Centauri Bb.
Anyone can nominate a name to honor a friend, colleague, loved one, or to recognize a place name, an author, an artist, or a sports team, for example.
The name getting the highest number of votes will be declared the public’s choice for Uwingu to use as the name for this mysterious new world. Never before has the public been asked to choose its favorite name for a planet.
Name nominations are $4.99; votes cost $0.99. Proceeds from naming and voting fuel new Uwingu grants to fund space education projects affected by NASA’s sequestration cuts. Uwingu’s exoplanet naming efforts were recently featured in Time Magazine, at http://science.time.com/
The namer of the most popular name for alpha Centauri Bb will receive prizes from Uwingu and will be recognized in a press release about the winning name. Uwingu is also giving prizes for runner-ups, and for all names that reach thresholds of 100, 1,000, and 10,000 votes. The current front runner name, Amara, was nominated by Zeb Gray to woo his true love, a story featured this week in the news at MSNBC: http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_
“Time is running out on this contest and we’re excited to see how it ends—just about 100 hours to go now” says astronomer and Uwingu CEO Dr. Alan Stern. He added, “And what name will be the winner at the end is still wide open, you can participate at www.uwingu.com .”
About Uwingu: Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo”)
For more information, contact Dr. Alan Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 970-281-SKY1. Follow Uwingu on Twitter at UwinguSky; and friend Uwingu on Facebook.