On Tuesday, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced 112 new names for stars and their exoplanets, including HD 192263 b, a gas-state giant renamed after the Lebanese capital, 64 light-years from Earth,media CNET reported. IAU coordinated efforts in 112 countries around the world to come up with new names for stars and planets orbiting them. Countries submitted thousands of proposed names, and a committee from each country put forward a shortlist, which was then voted on by the local public.
Over the past 30 years, astronomers have discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets, and the simplest is to assign them a directory identifier, which is more like a phone number than an unforgettable name. From a cosmic perspective, most of these stars and planets are relatively close to Earth, but most of them are gas giants and are unlikely to be habitable. Still, the new name will add to the future star charts in the corner of our Galaxy.
For example, HD 16175 is now called coffee. Or rather, its name is Buna, the Ethiopian word for coffee, and the giant planet that surrounds it is now called Abol. The traditional Buna ceremony in Ethiopia is a long process, and the first cup, called Abol, is the most important.