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Why does the earth s moon not have a name?

Author : Itaal

Submitted : 2017-06-17 18:16:14    Popularity:     

Tags: earth  moon  

Update: Why does the Earth's Moon not have a name?

Answers:

It does have a name. It's the Moon. Anything else going round a planet is properly called a satellite, not "moon".

It's called Luna

Luna is it's Latin name. Occasionally, the name "Luna" is used. In literature, especially science fiction, "Luna" is used to distinguish it from other moons.

It has a name "The Moon". Note the capital M.

It certainly does - it is called the Moon.
Just like the sun is called the Sun.

it does.

the moon.

The official name, in English, of our natural satellite is Moon (with a capital M).
The word moon (small m) used as a simile, came after (during the late 17th century and early 18th century -- the late 1600s and early 1700s) and was used to describe objects in orbit around planets instead of being in orbit around the Sun.
In astronomy, the official word, for an object in orbit around a planet (or any planetoid) is a "satellite".
However, if you use the word "moon" to talk about natural satellites (for example, "the moons of Jupiter"), everyone will understand.

The same way as Sun (capital S) is the official name, in English, of the star around which Earth orbits. Using the simile "sun" (small s) to talk about other stars is OK, but the official word, in astronomy, is "star".

Same for the Galaxy (big G): it is the official name of our galaxy. When it was so named, it was thought to be the only galaxy in the universe; it was thought to be the whole universe. So much so that when other galaxies were discovered/accepted, they were called "island universes". The simile "galaxy" (small g) was quickly used, along with a name for each galaxy.

In the USA, the proper pattern of upper-case and lower-case letters is not observed, and that causes confusion. Even some astronomy magazines (including one magazine called Astronomy, with a big A because it is its name) have adopted patterns that only add to the confusion. This has extended to the whole English-speaking (or, actually, English-writing) world, where there is always an exaggerated use of upper-case letters, except where they are really needed.

The Moon is the name of our natural satellite. The moons arounds other planets have their own names as well (also starting with upper-case letters) and they are satellites -- they are not "the" Moon.

And Earth also needs a capital E when you are talking about our planet. It is its official name in English. The soil, under our feet, is earth with a small e.

I named it 'George', but it hasn't caught on, yet.

It does have a name - It's called "Moon". This is not to be confused with the more generic word for natural satellites of other planets, called "moons". Notice one has a capital "M" and the other doesn't?

It's the same with the Sun. Our sun is called "Sun" but exoplanets orbit around their own "sun". The lower-case "sun" just means a star that those planets in reference are orbiting.

When in ancient times people started giving names to celestial bodies, the name Moon had been already given to our natural satellite in various languages: Lune, Luna, Kamar (Arabic), Mond, lua (Portughese)...etc. So as you can see, every language gave a name of its own, some similar, others not.
But when the telescope was invented 400 years ago, and the first four satellites of Jupiter were discovered, the names Io , Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto were given to them. Every country used these names of the new moons. And this went on for all the other moons discovered henceforth. So only our "Moon" is said differently in various languages.



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