This is your chance to make SA a star in the night sky

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This is your chance to make SA a star in the night sky

FREE TO READ | Something catchier than WASP-62b and WASP-62 are sought. Here are your choices

Cape Town bureau chief

Krotoa, Sceletium, Ingoma or Gannaga: that’s the choice facing South Africans, who have six days left in which to name an entire planet.

The planet – technically an exoplanet, since it is outside our solar system – was discovered in 2012 by scientists using the SuperWASP-South (https://wasp.astro.keele.ac.uk/webcams.htm) telescope on top of a mountain near Sutherland in the Northern Cape.

Since then, it has been known as WASP-62b, and its star as WASP-62. WASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) is an international consortium searching for exoplanets using two robotic observatories – in Sutherland, and the Canary Islands – each of which is equipped with eight cameras...

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