Thai astronomy: Distant celestial duo will get Thai-nominated names from IAU

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has chosen Thai-nominated names for a distant celestial duo, a decision that has been warmly received by the nation’s prime minister, changing into a big milestone in Thai astronomy.
Government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri relayed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s satisfaction upon studying that the IAU had adopted the Thai names Kaewkosin and Phailinsiam for the pink dwarf star GJ 3470 and its bluish-green planet GJ 3470b, respectively. These names had been submitted as part of the NameExoWorlds 2022 contest, which accepted nominations for celestial objects from throughout the globe.
The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Narit) and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation facilitated a platform for Thai participants to suggest names. Anucha confused that each the government and relevant agencies had been prepared and committed to supporting youth who hold a ardour for Thai astronomy.
The first pair of nominated names included Kaewkosin, impressed by the ancient perception that stars have been valuable gem stones belonging to the Hindu deity Indra. Phailinsiam, that means “blue gemstone,” was proposed for the planet, reported Bangkok Post.
Supachai Awiphan, a researcher at the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, expressed that the selection of Kaewkosin and Phailinsiam has brought immense pleasure to Thai astronomical circles: “The government and associated agencies were able to support Thai youths who are enthusiastic about astronomy,” he said.
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