Bob Berman's strange universe: Terms of endearment
June 2006: Every hobby and profession has its own language, and astronomy is no exception.
Every hobby and profession has its own language, and astronomy is no exception. Some astronomical terms horizon, for example are known by almost everyone. Others Hydrogen-alpha, for instance are familiar mostly to professionals and serious amateurs.
Some terms are pure fun. They're fun either because they sound intriguing or they denote a little-known phenomenon that deserves wider recognition. Some terms merely sound cool.