John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Ten random things: August 24

Ten extrasolar planets:

  1. 51 Pegasi b (discovered in 1995, by Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz)
  2. HD 209458 b (1999, by David Charbonneau, Gregory W. Henry, and others)
  3. PSR B1620-26c (1996, by Donald Backer and others)
  4. OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb (2006, by Probing Lensing Anomalies NETwork/Robotic Telescope Network, Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment, and Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics)
  5. TrES-1 (2004, by Roi Alonso and others)
  6. HD 188753 Ab (2005, by Maciej Konacki and others)
  7. HD 149026 b (2005, by the N2K Consortium)
  8. Epsilon Eridani b (2000, by Artie Hatzes and others)
  9. 2M1207b (2004, by Gael Chauvin and others)

The problem with real-life extrasolar planets, unlike those in Star Trek, is that they for the most part have boring or incomprehensible names. I mean, come on, OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb? What the hell kind of name is that? Granted, there are a lot of stars out there, and maybe they can't all have names like Epsilon Eridani or 51 Pegasi, but still, can't we do better than HD 209458?

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