The exoplanet that the Dutch population was asked to name will be called Night Watch, after the painting by Dutch grandmaster Rembrandt van Rijn. The star Night Watch revolves around will be called Starry Night, after the Vincent van Gogh masterpiece, the International Astronomical Union announced on Tuesday.
From today the Dutch public can suggest names for the "Dutch" exoplanet that was gifted to the Netherlands by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), to celebrate the union's 100th birthday, the Volkskrant reports.
The IAU is responsible for, among other things, naming planets and other celestial bodies. To celebrate its 100th year of existence, the IAU "gave" planets to over 70 countries to name. The Netherlands got star HAT-P-6, which is 910 light years away from earth, and the planet that revolves around it, currently known by scientific name HAT-P-6-b.