"Estrella Cervantes" is a proposal to name the star μ Arae and its four exoplanets with the name of Cervantes and those of the main characters of the novel “El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”: Dulcinea, Rocinante, Quijote i Sancho.
This is a project of the Pamplona's Planetary, The Spanish Astronomical Society and the Cervantes Institut that follows the call of the International Astronomical Union "Name ExoWorlds".
The choice of the names is done through a international open vote with deadline 31 October.
How to vote:
Somewhere in the Ara constellation, around a star without a proper name, only known by the letter µ, four planets trace their paths. Around an author of universal fame, also his four main characters revolve. We propose to elevate Cervantes to the status of a galactic Apolo, lending his name to the system's central star, while Don Quijote (Quixote), Rocinante, Sancho and Dulcinea are justly transfigured into his planetary escort. Quijote (mu Arae b), the leading character, in a somewhat eccentric orbit, befitting to his character, and beside his faithful companion Rocinante (mu Arae d) in the middle of the scene. Good Sancho (mu Arae e), the ingenious squire, moving slowly through the outer insulae of the system. The enchanted Dulcinea (mu Arae c), so difficult for Don Quijote to contemplate in her real shape, close to the heart of the writer.
The discovery of this planetary system was reported by R.P. Butler et al. (2001, ApJ, 555, 410), H. Jones et al. (2002, MNRAS, 337, 1170), N. Santos et al. (2004, A&A, 426, L19), C. McCarthy et al. (2004, ApJ, 617, 575) and F. Pepe et al. (2007, A&A, 462, 769), using the telescopes AAT and ESO 3.6m.