42 Draconis

Star details
  • Constellation: the Dragon
  • Vmag: 4.8
  • Visibility: Visible to the naked eye
  • Number of planets: 1
  • Namable: Yes
Proposed names
42 Draconis 42 Draconis b
The long-lasted (started on 13th century) summer festival in Fukuoka City, Japan. Many floats run into the shrine area, and orbits the central frag ("Seidobata").
Daikokunagare (sign in to vote)
Mt. Taihang is an important mountain range of the East China that constrains the edge of the second-ordered topography step of China. It is located between the Shanxi Province and North China plain. Extended about 400 km from northeast to southwest, it crosses over areas from Beijing, Shanxi, Hebei to Henan. Since Mt. Taihang provides the best place for stargazing, it is highly respected by local amateur astronomers of such regions.
Lingshan (sign in to vote)
Kabuki is Japanese traditional drama about human history and fantasy. Dragon leads us to such a fantasic world.
Jidanda (sign in to vote)
In honor of Robinson (Poet) and Hamiilton (Astronomer) Jeffers; Robinson Jeffers write many poems as a poetic response to the Cosmological Revolution. The poetry is diverse and spans accurate descriptions of the Draconids Meteor Shower (important for this naming) , stellar evolution, Big Bang Cosmology and astrophysics in general.
Jeffers (sign in to vote)
For example, the Japanese refer to a spiral galaxy as "silver stream". Kirume is a bastardisation of the Japanese for "watchful saviour rock". The exoplanet getting this name might be the planet that harbours and protects alien life.
Kirume (sign in to vote)
Victor Ambartsumian has played a major role in the development of modern astronomy. His research and discoveries in stellar dynamics, stellar age timescale, gaseous nebulae, interstellar matter and its ragged structure, radiation transfer theory, stellar associations and stellar evolution, activity of galactic nuclei and evolution of galaxies led us to realize that the Universe is much younger and more active, full of dramatic changes, explosive outbursts, jets, expansions, ongoing birth and evolution of stars and galaxies. Polish astronomer Wlodzimierz Zonn called this a "Copernican-type revolution", and Nobel Prize winner Chandrasekhar called him "an astronomer par excellence". Ambartsumian was also an outstanding coordinator of science. In 1948-1955 he served as the vice-president, and in 1961-64 – as the president of IAU. In 1968 and 1970 he was twice elected as the president of the International Council of Scientific Unions. He was honorary and foreign member of 28 Academies of Sciences and received almost all possible international scientific awards in the field of astronomy. As a bright star among outstanding astronomers he gave birth to his “planet”; he founded the Byurakan observatory and made it famous worldwide. To acknowledge Ambartsumian’s input in astronomy we propose to name this star (always visible to the naked eye in the northern sky) after his first name "Victor" (it is shorter and easier to pronounce, than "Ambartsumian").
Byurakan (sign in to vote)
The sun god appearing in Japanese mythology.
Tsukuyomi (sign in to vote)
From Old Nordic tale - the name of a dwarf who changed into a dragon: Rationale: Since this star resides in the constellation of the mythical Draco (Dragon), we propose to keep nomenclature related to the constellation. Lizards are distributed world-wide and make up more than half of all the Class REPTILIA, with cascading Order SQUAMATA, Suborders LACERTILIA/IGUANIA, Families AGAMIDAE (iguanians, Old World or dragon lizards), CHAMAELEONIDAE (chameleons), and IGUANIDAE (iguanas, New World lizards), and finally of the Genus DRACO, the Species VOLANS (known as flying dragons). Besides their gliding capability, these arboreal flying dragons are also brightly colored, a readily observed attribute of stars in general. We sought a name carrying the constellation's prototype, and found from Old Nordic lore the tale of a dwarf changed into a dragon: FAFNIR (sometimes also called Fraenir). Were there not a constellation named Volans, we might have chosen that name for this star. Unfortunately, motivated by greed, the Norse dwarf/dragon did not ally with good and was slain; perhaps this celestial star can be his good resting place. We understand that the star has unusually low density characteristics with a solar equivalent mass, but some 22 times the Sun's diameter!
ORBITAR (sign in to vote)
Planet details

    42 Draconis b

  • Mass (Jupiters): 3.88
  • Mass (Earths): 1233.2
  • Period (days): 479.1
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 1.19