Macclesfield (informally) on Mars
Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to nickname the next target region of Planet Four. After 406 votes cast, you can see the final tallied results for yourself below.
After a tight race with Potsdam, Macclesfield has emerged victorious and will be the chosen informal name that we will use from now on to refer to the HiRISE target located at -85.4 degrees N Latitude and 103.9 degrees East Longitude. Below is a view of the newly nicknamed region. Note that this is an informal name for the area on the Martian South Pole. We’ll use the name internally within Planet Four and to refer to it in publications, but this name has not been adopted as the location’s formal name by the International Astronomy Union. We have updated the text in the current Planet Four paper draft to reflect the new nickname.
The Earthly version of Macclesfield is the home to Jodrell Bank Observatory located on the outskirts of the town. Jodrell Bank is home to the large Lovell Telescope (currently the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world) and BBC Stargazing Live, which is broadcast live yearly from outside of Macclesfield. Planet Four launched on BBC Stargazing Live on January 2013. The name was suggested as an homage to the launch of Planet Four and BBC Stargazing Live.
Season 1 images from the new crowned Martian Macclesfield are live on the original Planet Four right now.Classify fans and blotches in Macclesfield at www.planetfour.org