42 Draconis

Artist impression by ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)

42 Draconis

Star details
  • Constellation: the Dragon
  • Vmag: 4.8
  • Visibility: Visible to the naked eye
  • Number of Planets: 1

Planet details

42 Draconis b

  • Mass (Jupiters): 3.88
  • Mass (Earths): 1233.2
  • Period (days): 479.1
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 1.19

Proposed names

Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Robinson Jeffers
Robinson Jeffers, an American West Coast poet from Carmel, CA, wrote verse with astronomical connotations of great veracity. He has myriad associations with the Constellation Draco, for example, having named a cornerstone in his Carmel home "Thuban" as well as writing about observing the Draconid meteor shower of 1946.
42 Draconis b Hamilton Jeffers
Hamilton Jeffers, brother of the poet, Robinson Jeffers, was an astronomer at Lick Observatory specializing in double stars, minor bodies of the solar system, and transit observations. He presented Edwin Hubble the prestigious Bruce Medal from te Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Robinson Jeffers was one of the first to give a poetic response to the emerging cosmic revolution with uncanny accuracy and beauty.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis FAFNIR (Flying Lizard (Dragon) Star
Rationale:
Since this star resides in the constellation of the mythological Draco (Dragon), we propose to keep nomenclature related to the constellation, with acknowledgements to our proximity to the major space launch center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Lizards are distributed world-wide and make up more than half of all the Class REPTILIA, with cascading Order SQUAMATA, Suborders LACERTILIA/IGUANIA, Families AGAMIDAE (iguanians, Old World or dragon lizards), CHAMAELEONIDAE (chameleons), and IGUANIDAE (iguanas, New World lizards), and finally of the Genus DRACO, the Species VOLANS (known as flying dragons).
Besides their gliding capability, these arboreal flying dragons are also brightly colored, a readily observed attribute of stars in general. We sought a name carrying the constellation's prototype, and found from Old Nordic lore the tale of a dwarf changed into a dragon: FAFNIR (sometimes also called Fraenir). Were there not a constellation named Volans, we might have chosen that name for this star. Unfortunately, motivated by greed, the Norse dwarf/dragon did not ally with good and was slain; perhaps this celestial star can be his good resting place. We understand that the star has unusually low density characteristics with a solar equivalent mass, but some 22 times the Sun's diameter!
Respectfully Submitted by
Brevard Astronomical Society
Affiliated with
The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium, The John F. Kennedy Space Center,
The Kennedy Space Center Amateur Astronomers, and Eastern Florida State College Planetarium
Brevard County, FL
42 Draconis b ORBITAR (The Flying Lizard Star's Planet)
Considering its large (3.5 times our Jupiter) size, this closely orbiting gas planet could possibly host moons with Earth-like characteristics in the so-called habitable zone. With homage to our local space launch and orbital operations, we have contrived its name as ORBITAR.

Respectfully Submitted by
Brevard Astronomical Society
Affiliated with
The Astronaut Memorial Planetarium, The John F. Kennedy Space Center,
The Kennedy Space Center Amateur Astronomers, and Eastern Florida State College Planetarium
Brevard County, FL

With acknowledgements to our proximity to the major space launch center of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, we respectfully submit the foregoing names and rationale. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this momentous undertaking.

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Hakatayamakasa
Hakatayamakasa is a long-continuing (more than 770 years) regional festival in Fukuoka city, Japan. At the final event of the festival "Oiyama", many teams ("Nagare") race carrying their 1-ton floats ("Kakiyama"). Midway of the race course, every floats turn around tall flags ("Seidobata") like planets go around the host star.

More about Hakatayamakasa, you can see at:
http://fukuoka-now.com/2014/06/yamakasa/ , or,
http://www.welcome-fukuoka.or.jp/tools/file/download.cgi/3893/Learn+all+about+The+Hakata+Gion+Yamakasa+Festival.pdf .
42 Draconis b Daikokunagare
Daikokunagare is the first Oiyama team ("Nagare") on 2008, the year when the planet was discovered. You can see the movie of this team on 2008 at:http://www.hakatayamakasa.com/backnumber/2008/movie_daikokunagare.html?keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=310&width=480 .

In Hakatayamakasa, there are many other teams than Daikokunagare, so we can prepare the names for additionally discovered planets in future.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Kabuki
Kabuki is Japanese tarditional drama about human history and fantasy.
Dragon leads us to such a fantasic world.
42 Draconis b Jidanda
Jidanda is one of the motion on Kabuki.
The motion is stepping floor.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Amaterasu
There are some myths which the sun and the moon were divided into in the world.For example, There are sun god Apollo and goddess Artemis of the moon in the Greek myth. It is said that they are twins. There is a similar myth in Japan. We suggest sun goddess "Amaterasu" in Japan to the name of the host star.
42 Draconis b Tsukuyomi
For the name of the planet, I suggest God "Tsukuyomi" influencing night in the younger brother of Amaterasu. The ancient Japanese believed that it was the existence that he divinized the moon.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Rabi
"Rabi" in Bengali - "রবি"(Rabi) is alternate name of the Sun and we wish that this star also host life in its planet 42 Draconis -b.
We will like to dedicate this name to famous Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
42 Draconis b Swan
Swan - The bird that navigates with stars. Let this planet be a living bird navigated by its star 42 Draconis.

Hope that our names are completely goes under your naming policy. Incase if any policy contradicts with our given please let us known we will try to solve it as earliest as possible.

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Kirume
The translation of the Japanese names of celestial bodies into English is often poetic. For example, the Japanese refer to a spiral galaxy as "silver stream". Kirume is a bastardisation of the Japanese for "watchful saviour rock". The exoplanet getting this name might be the planet that harbours and protects alien life.
42 Draconis b Physoc
The Physics Society Undergraduate Physicists around the world flock to join Physoc in hope of finding like-minded people sharing the same goal: to Physics hard and to party hard. Physoc is a utopia for the physics undergrad whom having fought through the frantic excited crowds of the greatest educational institutions up and down the country has found a solace a home and a purpose. There are Physocs throughout the country Physocs throughout the world. Now some of the world's best physicists are looking to the edges of the universe and looking back at them from the furthest reaches of space is a Physoc. Planet Physoc
Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Taihang
Mt. Taihang is an important mountain range of the East China that constrains the edge of the second-ordered topography step of China. It is located between the Shanxi Province and North China plain. Extended about 400 km from northeast to southwest, it crosses over areas from Beijing, Shanxi, Hebei to Henan. Since Mt. Taihang provides the best place for stargazing, it is highly respected by local amateur astronomers of such regions.
42 Draconis b Dongling
As one of the branches of Mt. Taihang, Mt. Lingshan is the highest peak in Beijing municipality, known as Beijing's "Qomolangma". Up to 2303 meters above sea level, Mt. Lingshan overlooks any haze or light pollution from Beijing city, thus being one of the best targets of stargazing in Beijing, and for the Mounstar Team as well.

We are the Mounstar Team. Mounstar = Mountain + Star, so we are not only interested in astronomy observation, but also like outdoor activities, such as mountain-climbing, camping, and so on. So the names we choose are related with mountain, the very important mountain in China.

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Victor
Victor Ambartsumian has played a major role in the development of modern astronomy. His research and discoveries in stellar dynamics, stellar age timescale, gaseous nebulae, interstellar matter and its ragged structure, radiation transfer theory, stellar associations and stellar evolution, activity of galactic nuclei and evolution of galaxies led us to realize that the Universe is much younger and more active, full of dramatic changes, explosive outbursts, jets, expansions, ongoing birth and evolution of stars and galaxies. Polish astronomer Wlodzimierz Zonn called this a "Copernican-type revolution", and Nobel Prize winner Chandrasekhar called him "an astronomer par excellence". Ambartsumian was also an outstanding coordinator of science. In 1948-1955 he served as the vice-president, and in 1961-64 – as the president of IAU. In 1968 and 1970 he was twice elected as the president of the International Council of Scientific Unions. He was honorary and foreign member of 28 Academies of Sciences and received almost all possible international scientific awards in the field of astronomy. As a bright star among outstanding astronomers he gave birth to his “planet”; he founded the Byurakan observatory and made it famous worldwide. To acknowledge Ambartsumian’s input in astronomy we propose to name this star (always visible to the naked eye in the northern sky) after his first name "Victor" (it is shorter and easier to pronounce, than "Ambartsumian").
42 Draconis b Byurakan
To acknowledge Byurakan observatory’s input in astronomy we propose to name it "Byurakan" as a planet originated from and endlessly revolving around its star named “Victor” as proposed above.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
42 Draconis Vepolar
We propose the name Vepolar for the star 42 Draconis because it is the northern pole star of Venus.
42 Draconis b Brug
Brug is the word Dragon in Tibetan language. We propose this name because this stellar system is located in the constellation Draco.