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Astronomy is a peculiar name for a science. In words like biology, geology, and cosmology, the second half comes from the Greek -λογία or -logia, which refers to study and divine communication. Hence the study of life, the study of Earth, the study of the cosmos — you know, science!

Astronomy is different. Instead of “study,” astronomy derives its name from the Greek νόμος (nómos), for “arranging.” While words like biology and geology date back only a few hundred years, the Greeks combined the root words to describe an already ancient endeavor. The oldest of sciences is ἀστρονομία (astronomía), the arranging of stars.

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