Bob Berman's strange universe: Terms of endearment
June 2006: Every hobby and profession has its own language, and astronomy is no exception.
June 1, 2006
|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.
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