In December 2015 a subgiant star that is 49.8 light years from Earth was named Cervantes. There are four exoplanets orbiting this celestial body in the Ara constellation, forming a new planet system. These exoplanets are called Quijote, Rocinante, Dulcinea and Sancho.
The proposal by Pamplona Planetarium, the Society of Spanish Astronomers and Instituto Cervantes won the popular vote after the International Astronomical Union launched a process for choosing a name for this recently discovered planet system.
At this talk & discussion, “Cervantes the Star and its Exoplanets”, Javier Gorgas, Astrophysics Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid and Chairman of the Society of Spanish Astronomers, will be talking about this initiative and will explain what this system is like physically and how exoplanets are discovered.
The event will take place on 22 July at 7pm at Bidebarrieta Library (Bilbao). The talk will be in Spanish and admission is free.