Nearest Alien Planet Gets New Name: ‘Albertus Alauda’
The closest known alien planet beyond our solar system has a new unofficial name: Albertus Alauda.
That moniker won an online people’s choice contest organized by space-funding company Uwingu to choose a more exciting, approachable name for the Earth-size alien planet Alpha Centauri Bb, a scorching-hot world that lies just 4.3 light-years away.
Jay Lark, who nominated “Albertus Alauda,” said he chose the exoplanet name to honor his late grandfather.
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