Astronomy Magazine Joins Uwingu in Extrasolar Planet Naming Program

Uwingu PR — Astronomy Magazine and space start up Uwingu™ announced today an agreement to jointly promote Uwingu’s extrasolar planet naming and voting product at . Through this product, Uwingu is generating a new source of funds for space exploration, research, and education.

Uwingu’s CEO and founder Dr. Alan Stern, commented, “We are excited and proud to be working with Astronomy Magazine, their publisher Kalmbach Publishing, and their sister magazine Discover. Together we will be working together now to get the word out about Uwingu’s web site, products, and objectives. Our launch product provides a whole new way for the people of Earth, of every age, of every nation, of every walk of life to creatively connect to space by nominating names for planets across the galaxy! You can nominate names after your favorite town, state, or country, your favorite sports team, music artist, or hero, your favorite author or book, your school, your company, for your loved ones and friends, or even for yourself. Anything at all! You can even tell your friends about the names you nominate, so they can help vote them to the top of our most popular planet names list! It’s fun, it’s social, and it’s for a great cause.”

Astronomy magazine’s Karri Ferron added, “The staff of Astronomy magazine, along with its sister publication, Discover, is excited to partner with Uwingu to help fund space research and education. The products Uwingu offers invite a more diverse audience to participate in science, which is a core mission of both magazines, and the payoff is a better understanding of our cosmos through their Uwingu’s proceeds.”

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Stern at, or at 970-281-SKY1. Follow Uwingu on Twitter at UwinguSky; and friend Uwingu on Facebook. Visit Uwingu’s web site at to learn more.

About Uwingu: Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo”) was formed by a team of leading astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives, and educators. The company’s portfolio of space heavyweights include space historian and author Andrew Chaikin, space educator Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann, citizen science leader Dr. Pamela Gay, author and museum science director Dr. David Grinspoon, planet hunter Dr. Geoff Marcy, planetary scientist and aerospace executive Dr. Teresa Segura, planetary scientist and former NASA science boss Dr. Alan Stern, and planetary scientist and CEO of the Planetary Science Institute, Dr. Mark Sykes. In September, Uwingu successfully concluded a crowd-sourced funding campaign to launch its ongoing series of public engagement projects.

  • Duncan Sparks

    This posting says “former NASA Science Boss Alan Stern”. Where did they get that term? There’s no such ‘boss’ position anywhere at NASA. Science is managed from a variety of offices – not just one. Talk about resume enhancement. More smoke and mirrors from uwingu.