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12/11/2013 09:47 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2013

Yes, There's A Petition To Name A Mysterious Alien Planet After Doctor Who's Gallifrey (VIDEO)

If you're a fan of the epic BBC One scifi series Doctor Who, then all your Whovian dreams might just come true.

There is a petition on Change.org, started by Australian fan Sam Menhennet, to name a real life planet after Gallifrey -- the fictional home to the Time Lords of Doctor Who. Just check out the video above.

The newly discovered planet, currently named HD 106906 b, is 11 times the size of Jupiter, and just 13 million years old. It orbits its host star at a distance of 60 billion miles -- that's 650 times the average distance between the Earth and the sun.

But HD 106906 b's origin is a bit of a mystery to astronomers. Planets that form close to a star are thought to be made by the compression of leftover gases and dust produced from their sun's creation. The process is extremely slow, however, so it does not explain how such a large, distant-orbiting planet could occur.

“Every new directly detected planet pushes our understanding of how and where planets can form," co-investigator Tiffany Meshkat, a graduate student at Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, said in a written statement. "This planet discovery is particularly exciting because it is in orbit so far from its parent star. This leads to many intriguing questions about its formation history and composition."

Regardless of how the mystery planet formed, many people agree that it needs a better name than HD 106906 b. The petition, addressed to the International Astronomical Union, has reached more than 100,000 signatures.

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