Why our moon needs a new name
Think of it this way. The name Earth is at least 1,000 years old. But the Earth is a planet. Planet is the Earth’s category. The Moon is, well, a moon. We believe that it is too generic of a name for one of the most beautiful celestial objects in our solar system.
Many moons have been discovered and given fun, romantic or mythological names. Our moon has been left behind and it needs a unique name.
How did we come up with the 12 final names?
Submissions came from people in the following countries: United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, England, Scotland, Russia, Philippines, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, India, Australia, China, France, Singapore, Sweden, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Poland, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, Ukraine, South Korea, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and Kyrgyzstan.
How does voting work?
Later this fall, we will compile the total votes for all the names and select the winning name. We will suggest that name as a possible new, unique name for Earth’s moon.
Introduction to the Looney Moonies
Episode 1: The Moon Comes to Play
Episode 2: The Moon Gets a Makeover
Episode 3: The Moon Goes to the Library
Who are the Looney Moonies?
The Looney Moonies are the characters in an internet-based cartoon. They were created to help campaign for the Earth’s moon to get a unique name. In the future, the Looney Moonies will to take you on more adventures and help you learn about our Universe.
Heavenly or divine
Name for the Roman goddess of the moon, the hunt and birth
Latin for peace
We seek peace for our world. A nightly reminder might do us all some good
Star Wars fan favorite
It also has an aboriginal basis in many legends
Old Hebrew for moon
Based on “layolah” which is Old Hebrew for moon or night
Our moon’s original name
Object that collided with Earth 4.3 million years ago forming today’s moon
Greek for moon
Titan goddess who pulled the moon across the sky each night
Latin for moon
In Roman myth Luna is the divine embodiment of the moon
Earth’s Only Natural Satellite
And it has been there for eons too
Hawaiian for heaven
Mai ka lani mai which is Hawaiian for heaven sent
Japanese for ocean and restoration
Our moon affects the ocean tides and restores itself each lunar cycle
On one’s own, alone
Earth is the only planet with just one, solo moon
From Old English “moone”
Classification for over 180 natural orbiting satellites in our solar system
Tell your friends about Name the Moon
Let’s see how many votes we can get. Our moon needs a unique name!