Athens, December 18, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Olga Mavrou
Another 3 exoplanets (out of 31) were voted to be named after Greek heroes and ancient gods. The voting was organized worldwide by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) which proposed a list of 274 names. Totally 182 countries voted and 572,000 votes were counted for the naming of new exoplanets and stars. The three Greek names that were approved are Arion, Hypatia and Thestias. These will be used alongside the scientific names.
The Greek naming was approved by many astronomers, students and the public (the voting was open to everybody, but not many non scientists were aware of this, so the majority of the voters must have been teachers, professors, students or generally people affiliated or related to a scientific community). Initially the proposals for Greek names came from Australian, Japanese and Spanish institutions.