Image Credit: IAU/L. Calçada

Some people dream of winning the nobel peace prize, while others would be happy to have a hamburger named after them. For those who would settle for a happy middle-ground, having a planet named after you, or naming one yourself, might suffice.

If so, you're in luck (kind of anyway). The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced their "NameExoWorlds" contest will open today. It will go down as the first time in their nearly 100-year history that the IAU will allow members of the general public to take on an active role in the planet-naming process.

In order to participate, you must be a member of a registered club or a non-profit organization. Read on to see the IAU's full press release:


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