Cree names given to star and exoplanet – battlefordsNOW

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202051 Views

Mar 18, 2020

The Cree language has been linked to astrology for thousands of years, using the sun, the stars and the moon as navigational guides. But now, Cree names for a star and its exoplanet will be used in every language.

Nikâwiy and Awasis will be the new names for star HD136418 and its exoplanet HD136418b as part of the NameExoWorlds contest. The naming contest was put together by the International Astronomical Union, and gave countries across the world an opportunity to name a star and its exoplanet that orbits it. Nikâwiy and Awasis was Canada’s winning entry.

“I think it’s a great way to include indigenous people’s languages into naming the stars,” said Victor Thunderchild, Cree language teacher at Carlton Comprehensive High School. “It’s phenomenal because it’s something we use as guidance for thousands of years.”

Nikâwiy (pronounced ni-gah-wee) means “my mother” in English. Awasis (ah-wah-sis) translates to “child” and links very well with its mother star.

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