Exoplanets get names

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The International Astronomical Union has for the first approved official names for a few exoplanets. Suitable names have been chosen from suggestions made by astronomy organisations all over the world. Among the new names are Dimidium, Orbitar and Taphao Thong.  The star Fomalhaut, seen in the picture above, now has a planet called Dagon, also known as Fomalhaut b. 

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IAU press statement

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