Star, exoplanet named after Tagalog mythological deities

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A star and exoplanet have been named after water deities from Tagalog mythology, announced the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Tuesday.

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“Aman Sinaya” and “Haik” were Paul Go’s winning entries to the Paris-based IAU’s Name ExoWorld Philippine Campaign.Star Wasp 34 named “Aman Sinaya” and exoplanet Wasp 34-b named “Haik” were among the 112 exoplanet systems named in this year’s Name ExoWorlds campaigns.

“Astronomical observations over the past generation have now discovered over 4,000 planets orbiting other stars — called exoplanets,” Eric Mamajek, co-chair of the NameExoWorlds Steering Committee, said in a statement.

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