He voted on 12th august 2015 , going through URL to the NameExoWorlds site here: http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/exoworldsvote
Dagon, an ancient Syrian “fish god” should be the name of the exo planet orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut (alpha Piscis Austrini) for many reasons. This system resides in, Piscis Australis, or the “Southern Fish”, so it’s only natural to associate a fish deity with this constellation and it is consistent with the current naming of planets as gods from various pantheons. The name Fomalhaut is Arabic for “Fish’s mouth”, further strengthening the fish theme.
In addition to these historical considerations, Dagon has also been used (and recreated) in the 20th century literature of H. P. Lovecraft in his short story “Dagon” (1919) with reference to an “ancient Philistine legend of Dagon, the Fish-God”. A further connection can be traced to a subsequent story written by a purveyor of the Lovecraftian mythos, August Derleth, who wrote “The Dweller in the Darkness” (1944) that features Fomalhaut as the home of beings that assist the protagonists.
Naming the exoplanet Dagon would both honor the established tradition of using mythological deities and possibly establish a doorway to using fictitious god or god-like names in the future. Dagon would also be a posthumous nod to H. P Lovecraft who always strived to write about “cosmic wonder”.
The name was proposed by Professor Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya of Kolkata, India for another constellation Star Draconis in memory of his late mother but accepted for constellation Formalhautb
We’d like to show the name‘Leisurely Fish’ for the companion star of Fomalhaut belonging to PsA. The reason why we say it leisurely is that the star moves very slowly. In addition, there is a word ‘fish’ in the name because it belongs to PsA. With the faster and faster speed of modern life, we forget to slow down to enjoy our life. So we want to use the name to remind everyone of slowing down to enjoy the beautiful night sky just as a leisurely fish. Thanks to Professor Bhattacharya
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