The Astro-Club "Nippy" participates in the contest "NameExoWorlds" (http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/
) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and proposes the names "TILAPIA" and "NATRON" for the exoworld "epsilon Eridani" in the constellation of Eridanus (the River).
This exoworld consists of one sun-like star and of one planet, which has a mass 1.5 times that of Jupiter and shares the same plane as the outer dust disk observed around the star. The planet and its host star is one of the planetary systems selected by the International Astronomical Union as part of their public process for giving proper names to exoplanets and their host star (where no proper name already exists). The process involves public nomination and voting for the new names, and the IAU plans to announce the new names in mid-November 2015.
The culture of TILAPIA goes back to Ancient Egypt. TILAPIA (Hatmehyt, Hat-Mehyt, Hatmehit) was a symbol of REBIRTH in Egyptian art. It was also said (as a fish-goddess) to accompany and protect the sun god on his daily journey across the sky. The name Hatmehyt (Tilapia) means "the first among fish". In ancient Egyptian art Hatmehit was depicted either as a fish (tilapia), or a woman with a fish emblem or crown on her head. She was a goddess of life and protection. Tilapia was represented by the hieroglyph K1 of the Gardiner List. Tilapia was in addition associated with Hathor, an Ancient Egyptian goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. And Hathor was associated with the Milky Way, on which the solar barque of Ra, representing the sun, sailed. The Milky Way was seen as a waterway in the heavens, sailed upon by both the sun deity and the moon, leading the ancient Egyptians to describe it as "The Nile in the Sky". The fish-goddess Hathor (Tilapia) is associated with the region Annu: constellations of Pisces, Cetus and Eridanus. Tilapia was considered as a daughter of the Sun, and this is very interesting, while the sun-like star "epsilon Eridani" is smaller and younger than our sun.
Tilapia can adapt to a very wide range of conditions. For example, "Natron tilapia" is endemic to the hypersaline, warm and highly alkaline Lake NATRON in Tanzania, and a saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn called Enceladus is the most likely place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life in the form of tilapias to be found.
Similarly, the living conditions on the moons of the exoplanet "epsilon Eridani b" within the system of sun-like star "epsilon Eridani" could be similar to Lake Natron in Tanzania and to the Enceladus with its warm ocean, and sequently can engender and maintain a civilization of intelligent tilapias "Tilapia sapiens".
The representatives of "Tilapia sapiens" (aka Oannes) from the exoworld "epsilon Eridani" probably visited the Earth in the ancient times. Oannes was the name given by the Babylonian writer Berossus in the 3rd century BC to a mythical being (an intelligent fish) who taught mankind wisdom. Berossus describes Oannes as having the body of a fish but underneath the figure of a man. He is described as dwelling in the Persian Gulf, and rising out of the waters in the daytime and furnishing mankind instruction in writing, the arts and the various sciences. And the first Sumerian (Ung-Sang-Giga man) called Adapa was created by aliens Tilapia Sapiens approximately 200000 years ago in the Mountains of the North Mesopotamia. That is why the Sumerians spoke the language of Tilapia sapiens (Oannes-language, Anunnaki-language).
The Astro-Club "Nippy" would like to propose for the sun-like star "epsilon Eridani" the name "Tilapia" and for the exoplanet "epsilon Eridani b" the name "Natron", while the system Sun-Saturn-Enceladus (with the Natron-like ocean on Enceladus) is very similar to the Exoworld "epsilon Eridani"-"epsilon Eridani b"-"moon of epsilon Eridani b" (Tilapia-Natron-Natron II).
You can vote once for each of the 20 nameable systems till the end of October 2015: http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/exoworldsvote
and among them for one of the 12 proposed names for the exoworld "epsilon Eridani": http://nameexoworlds.iau.org/systems/105
(hopefully for our proposal).
SOURCES: Wikipedia, http://stihi.ru/avtor/nippy
SOUNDTRACK: Mr Bim (Steve Rudolph)