Turkey names planet ‘Göktürk’ and star ‘Anadolu’

Faizah Kamal 18-Dec-2019

Turkey has chosen the names for a far-flung planet and its local star, stated a Turkish astronomer on December 17. As a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Turkey claimed its rights to name stars that are easily observable through telescopes from their respective capital cities – in this case, Ankara.

In June, Turkey obtained the naming rights to the star known as WASP-52 as well as its exoplanet, WASP-52-B, under a campaign by IAU.

Turkey named the star Anadolu (Anatolia, the Turkish heartland), according to İbrahim Küçük, head of the Turkish Astronomical Society. He added that the country named the exoplanet Göktürk (translating in English to Sky Turk, also the name of a groundbreaking medieval Turkish khanate).

The star Anadolu, some 457 light years away from Turkey, will be observable from spring to fall.