If a scientist discovers a new object, how will he or she go about naming it?

Answer by Joshua Engel:

Generally, you bring it to some committee that experts in the field rely on as their authority. A few of them:

Animals: International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Botany: International Association for Plant Taxonony

Astronomy: International Astronomical Union

Chemistry: International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Genetics: HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee

Particle physics: Particle Data Group

And so on. This list is not comprehensive, or authoritative. (Experts in each field can give you better answers.) But that’s the gist: there’s some authoritative committee who sets the rules and determines who gets priority in naming.

If a scientist discovers a new object, how will he or she go about naming it?

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