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Manx primary school pupils win worldwide planet naming competition

Pupils from Cronk-y-Berry Primary School have won a global competition to name an exoplanet and its host star.

Students from the Isle of Man school entered the competition launched by the International Astronomical Union and made it to the top ten.

From there, the school won through a public vote.

The planet will now be called 'Cruinlagh' meaning 'orbit' in the Manx language and its host star will be called 'Gloas', meaning 'shine'.

It is a large gaseous planet that is around a third of the size of Jupiter.

The star is over 740 light years from Earth and larger, older and hotter than our own Sun.

It’s testament to the creativity and talent of the entire class and we’re incredibly proud that a piece of our culture, language and history has now made its way across the stars."

– Tina Graham, Teacher of Class 4/5G
Artist interpretation of what the planet 'Cruinlagh' looks like. Credit: NASA pictures

The chosen names have had some real thought put into them and I’m thrilled that the talented class of Cronk y Berry Primary School have truly made their mark on the universe – something that they can cherish for years to come.”

– Professor Robert Walsh, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire

Over 110 countries participated in the competition worldwide to give new names to different planets.

In total, over 360,000 names were submitted and over 400,000 votes were made around the world.

Watch Joshua Stokes' report here: