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Astro Brief: Naming Exoplanets


How do exoplanets get their unusual names?

With over 5,400 confirmed exoplanets, there are a vast number of names to come up with. Exoplanets have interesting names like 'KMT-2017-BLG-1003L b' or 'OGLE-2016-BLG-1195L b', but who names them and what do these names mean? Join us this week as Mike discusses the naming conventions used among professional astronomers today.

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Astro Brief is a collaboration between KSMU, the Missouri Space Grant, and MSU's Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science. Hosted by Dr. Mike Reed, Astro Brief focuses on astronomical events, the field of astronomy, and astronomy-related guests. It airs Thursdays at 9:45 am on KSMU.

Distinguished Professor of the Missouri State University Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science.