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Why doesn’t our Moon have a name?

Tod Higgins, Warren, Pennsylvania
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Earth's Moon.
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Unlike the names of the planets, which come to us through the filter of Roman mythology, the Moon’s English name — Moon — originated as the Old English word mona. That said, traces of the Greek and Roman names for the Moon still influence how astronomers talk about it. For example, the name of the Roman goddess Luna gives us lunar, lunation, and lunatic. And the Greek goddess of the Moon, Selene, lends her name to the study of our nearest celestial neighbor — selenography. — Michael E. Bakich, Senior Editor
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