- Dec 24, 2011
It's not a very creative title is it?
Every other planet in our solar system has moons with actual names derived from roman and greek mythology. Ours is just "The Moon", and that's not just what most people call it, that's it's actual official name according to science. The Sun ([a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333776/Spanish-woman-Angeles-Duran-claims-owns-sun--plans-start-charging-ALL-users.html"]which is apparently owned by spanish woman[/a]) has the same weird dilemma.
What will alien races think when they come to earth and find out we named our sun and moon "The Sun" and "The Moon".
Our name for the planet being "earth" isn't much better when you consider that they might just as well have called it planet Dirt. But I digress.
So my questions are:
Do you think it makes sense to keep calling Earth's moon just "The Moon", and Earth's sun "The Sun" now that we know there are countless other moons and suns out there?
Do you think we'll change this ever, and if so when?
What should we change it's name to?
Edit: And for the record, no, their names aren't "Sol" and "Luna". I wish they were, but I recently found out that's an old wive's tale. It's just in Star Trek and Mass Effect and probably a few other Sci-fi universes, not RL unfortunately.
I've googled it already:
Edit 2: I changed the thread title to better represent what I'm really asking. Maybe people will give me some slack now.