xi Aquilae

Artist impression by ESO/L. Calçada

xi Aquilae

Star details
  • Constellation: the Eagle
  • Vmag: 4.7
  • Visibility: Visible to the naked eye
  • Number of Planets: 1

Planet details

xi Aquilae b

  • Mass (Jupiters): 2.8
  • Mass (Earths): 889.9
  • Period (days): 136.75
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 0.68

Proposed names

Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Gobidin
The Beothuk word for Eagle. Gob-id-in according to William Epps Cormack’s writing describing drawings by Shanawdithit (Cormack 1851). The word was written down by W.E. Cormack during conversations with Shanawdithit, believed to be the last Beothuk. Although her English was never great she was able to communicate through broken English, the language of the Beothuk, and drawings made by her. She was captured along the coast of Newfoundland, apparently in a state of starvation in 1823. She was brought to St. John’s and lived with Mr. Cormack in 1828 after 5 years living in Exploits. She died on the 6th of June 1829, believed to be the last of her people and its culture (Howley 1915).
xi Aquilae b Ewinon
The Beothuk word for Feather (Howley 1915). Comes from the unpublished word lists of a Dr. King of the Anthropological Society, and used extensively by Albert S. Gatschet of the American Philosophical Society (Gatschet 1885).

Aquila is Latin for Eagle and we think the Beothuk words for Eagle and Feather are thus appropriate for a star system found within this constellation. We chose to name the star after the Beothuk word for Eagle (Gobidin) because the star is the largest object in a star system. Planets are much smaller components of star systems, so we chose the Beothuk word for feather (Ewinon) as feathers are smaller components that make up the much larger Eagle.

The Beothuk people of Newfoundland are an extinct cultural group, whose language is believed to have been significantly different than any other native group (Howley 1915). Thus, the use of this language in scientific naming is appropriate as it is a fossilized language from an extinct group, and not subject to change of meaning, which occurs with spoken languages.

Also, the Beothuk represent a time-frame of Newfoundland, Canadian, and British Culture, where direct and indirect action eradicated a group of people. Thus, in a small way we hope to bring some attention to these people and immortalize some of their language, which although cannot bring them back, may help make sure that they are remembered.

Work Cited:
Cormack, W.E.
1851 Handwritten Letters signed by Cormack and dated June 24th 1851.

Howley, James P.
1915 The Beothucks, or Red Indians: The Aboriginal Inhabitants of Newfoundland. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Gatschet, Albert S.
1885 First Paper. American Philosophical Society.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Wormhout
This is the name of the city where "Wormhout Astronomie" has been created ,in 1996.
xi Aquilae b Télémaque
french name from greek: Τηλέμαχος, Tēlemakhos.

literally "far-fighter"

because xi Aquilae B is far from us, and may be there is a fight for life on this planet
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Hoshinokataribe
"Hoshinokataribe" means "story tellers about stars". Xi Aquilae is near by Altair. Altair is a hero of a famous folk tale "Tanabata". This tale is very famous and popular in Japan and China. The tale is set in Seventh July night and many people look up the night sky on Seventh July and talk about the tale. This is most popular star festival in a year. Xi Aquilae is near by Altair and appropriate for being called "Hoshinokataribe". This name is also our organization name. This is because we are story tellers of stars and the universe. There are many many stars in the universe. But every star has individual character and we can invest every "story". This resembles people. We wish people listen to the story of stars of themselves whenever looking up stars. This name includes the hope.
xi Aquilae b Yusuzumi
We have a custom that is staying in outside of a house and enjoying cool in summer evening. It is called "Yusuzumi" and best situation of talking about stars and the universe in a family or with friends. Some people might talk about ETs in exo worlds. Xi Aquilae rise up to good positon to see in evening of summer. We wish to inherit and expand the good Japanese traditional custom and also wish many people look up stars in peaceful evening.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Cradle
We would like to use the name “Cradle” which originates from an ancient Chinese love myth,as the chosen name.
According to the myth, a weaver maid and a cowherd were a pair of lovers,who were at the mercy of the cruel Queen Mother of the West ,were separated from each other by the Milky way.And the star represents one of the two children of the Cowherd and the girl weaver.Cowboy will carry two children with a pole through the bridge to see his wife in the annual July 7th.So we call the star the cradle.In the cradle bearing the crystallization of their love.It also stand for the yearning for a better life.
xi Aquilae b Magpie
We would like to use the name “Magpie” which originates from an ancient Chinese love myth,as the chosen name.
According to the myth, a weaver maid and a cowherd were a pair of loves,who were at the mercy of the cruel Queen Mother of the West ,were separated from each other by the Milky way.But they never change their love through thick and thin.
Kind magpies established a bridge by gathering together in the space once a year so that they reunite .The name we chose is based on the following reasons.
First,the Xi Aquilae b is near Altair,which stands for the cowherd in the view of eastern culture.So magpies are deservedly thought of.Go a step further,magpies are symbol of good luck in Chinese culture.There are uncountable poems or proverbs related with magpies in Chinese literature.So it would be a good opportunity to promote cultural exchange between the West and the East.Finally,it would encourage people to cherish pure love,even in severe cases and arouse sympathetic response in everyone’s heart.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Shiratama
White rice cake in Anmitsu, a Japanese traditional popular dessert eaten in summer when we can see Aquila.
xi Aquilae b Kuromame
Black small bean in Anmitsu, a Japanese traditional popular dessert eaten in summer when we can see Aquila.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Kagura
The traditional dance theater based on Japanese mythology and history.
xi Aquilae b Orochi
Yamata-no-orochi or Orochi is a giant snake in Japanese mythology. 'Orochi' is also one of the most popular play of 'Kagura'.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Houoh
Houoh is a bird that appears in a Chinese fable. This bird is known in East Asia. It is like phoenix in west. In Japan, this bird is drawn on ten thousand-yen bill and ten-yen coin. It express peace, so this name is suitable to be used all over the world.
xi Aquilae b Kiri
A word meaning “paulownia” in Japan. It is the only tree which Houoh perches on. The Kiri design is often used, for example, five hundred-yen coin in Japan, the Japanese government and our school.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Ezu
This star is named 'Ezu' (pronounced like 'a zoo') after Eduard Zuev (1934-2005) - an outstanding populariser of astronomy and amateur telescope making in the Irkutsk Region of Russia and the the founder of the Irkutsk Astronomical Club "Astroclub".
xi Aquilae b Heroicos
"Heroicos" which means epic in Latin, is an apt name for an exoplanet almost 3 times the mass of our own largest planet, Jupiter, and orbits much closer to its star than our own planet Earth does taking less than half an Earth year to complete a single orbit!

Our names were solicited through events run by MBO through our "Stars in the Yarra Ranges" National Science Week events in August 2014 and then voted on by our members at one of our weekly members nights.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Ignitus Aquilae
Ignitus is a Latin word which means inflamed, burning, sparkling and bright, the last two meanings is related to characteristics of a star. The emphasis is that Ignis in Latin means fire and how this star is a red giant fits very well in the relationship of color with fire. Aquilae is due to location.
xi Aquilae b Democritus Hs1
Since we only have a star and a planet, the suggestion remembers the hydrogen atom, who is formed only by a proton with an electron in its orbit (H - hydrogen), the s1 makes mention of its electronic distribution and Democritus who was one of the first to think of the idea of atom.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae Liberty
Wings of an eagle rushing freely through the sky symbolizes liberty.
xi Aquilae b Fortitude
An eagle symbolizes strength and the spirit of a strong eagle symbolizes fortitude.

There are many people who are deprived of their liberty in the world even today.
Great persons, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, fought for liberty with the spirits of fortitude.
Japan’s greatest swordsman related to Okayama prefecture, Miyamoto Musashi, said, “Never give up and keep going your own path with fortitude, and you achieve liberty.” in his book "Gorin no sho".
These names, liberty and fortitude, contain the message that “The light of liberty will always shine given the spirits of fortitude.”

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
xi Aquilae de Heinzelin
Jean de Heinzelin de Breaucourt (1920-1998) was a Belgian geologist but he gained international fame as archeologist. He explored an area of Africa near the Semliki river at Lake Edwards, called Ishango were have been discovered many animal bones that have notches carved into them. One of these bones found bij de Heinzelin is considered as one of the oldest mathemtical objects. It is believed to be more than 20,000 years. So we chose his name for the host star and Ishango for the planet.
xi Aquilae b Ishango
It was the practice during the time of the great discoveries to name newly discovered places with the origin of the explorers. We know that the origins of mankind are situated in Africa and that our mathematical ability was already developed there at the early beginning of our existence. Close to Ishango were found the oldest mathematical 'notches' of mankind. A bone that is dated at about 22,000 years AC, had scratched lines which only could be explained if it was used as a mathematical tool. The town Ishango is located in Central Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the shores of Lake Edward near the equator. And there in 1960 the bone was discovered by Jean de Heinzelin the Braucourt. Without this mathematical basis we would have never been able to discover exoplanets. As a tribute to our first arithmetic ancestors we propose Ishango as a name for an exoplanet.
We chose xi Aquilae because the declination of this star correspond most closely to the latitude of Ishango.