The Working Group on Meteor Showers Nomenclature: A History, Current Status and a Call for Contributions
During the IAU General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro in 2009, the members of Commission 22 established the Working Group on Meteor Shower Nomenclature, from what was formerly the Task Group on Meteor Shower Nomenclature. The Task Group had completed its mission to propose a first list of established meteor showers that could receive officially names. At the business meeting of Commission 22 the list of 64 established showers was approved and consequently officially accepted by the IAU. A two-step process is adopted for showers to receive an official name from the IAU: i) before publication, all new showers discussed in the literature are first added to the Working List of Meteor Showers, thereby receiving a unique name, IAU number and three-letter code; ii) all showers which come up to the verification criterion are selected for inclusion in the List of Established Meteor Showers, before being officially named at the next IAU General Assembly. Both lists are accessible on the Web at www.astro.amu.edu.pl/~jopek/MDC2007.
Meteoroids: The Smallest Solar System Bodies
- Pub Date:
- July 2011
- meteor shower;
- meteoroid stream;
- methods: nomenclature