Contest – Name the Exoplanet
Updated: Mar 10, 2020
We need YOU to name a planet and its host star!
In partnership with the Canadian Astronomical Society, we are excited to invite all Canadian classrooms to participate in Canada’s Name an Exoplanet Contest. This is an excellent opportunity to get your students excited about science, and to learn more about astronomy and the fascinating field of exoplanet discovery and research.
You have until September 20, 2019, to submit your names for selection.
Later this fall, you will get the chance to vote for your favourite name amongst the 10 selected by the committee.
Classroom Ideas (various levels)
Use the PowerPoint above for a map of the sky.
Visualize the star HD136418 and its planet using the Exoplanet Catalog from NASA. Very well done!
Have your students imagine the conditions at the surface of the planet or a possible moon and create an art project to represent the surface (drawing, crafts…). Use the PowerPoint for information about the planet.
Make a scale model of the star and planet system and compare with our Solar system. Get your students to do the calculations! Use the PowerPoint for data.
Send us your ideas and we’ll add them here!