UK ExoWorld Competition 2019
Launching in September 2019, young people from across the UK will have the unique opportunity to name an exoplanet and its host star.
What is an exoplanet?
An exoplanet is a planet orbiting a star that is not our Sun, a planet outside of our solar system. Thousands of exoplanets have been found using telescopes, and it is estimated that there are hundreds of billions in our galaxy.
This animated clip explains how planets outside our solar system are difficult to see because they get lost in the glare of the star they orbit.
Exoplanet teaching resources
Bring the context of exoplanets to life in your classroom with help from these hands-on activities.
Nine practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets, where life may exist. Aimed at 7-11-year-olds, activities are based around working scientifically and link to many aspects of the science curriculum.
From understanding how the day, night and seasons differ on other planets to investigating how astronomers detect exoplanets, these five activities each take around 40 minutes to complete and can be used in lessons or as part of a science club.
More exoplanet resources are available by searching the ESERO-UK collection.
Which planet will the winner name?
The planet is currently named WASP-13b, and it orbits the star WASP-13. Their current names come from the Wide Angle Search for Planets international consortium. This exoplanet was discovered in 2009 by an international team led by British astronomers.
How to get involved
Between September and October 2019, children of all ages from schools and youth organisations in the UK can suggest names for this exoplanet.