Before the Galileo Galilei’s discovery of Ganymede (along with three other Jovian moons) humans have always thought that the moon is the only moon. But, as history proves it many times, early humans are wrong. In fact, after the discovery of Galilei, humans came to the belief that the planets revolve around the sun instead of the early-Middle Age belief that the Earth was flat and everything revolved around it.
But having said that we named other planetary moons, what is the name of our Moon?
Well, the common answer is moon. The Earth’s Moon is named Moon, which is derived from a Proto-Germanic word menon which was also derived from a similar sounding word that came into existence in Northern Europe a thousand years ago.
For a big chunk in human history, there was no need to name our Moon differently than other planetary moons because, well, we didn’t know about them back then.
So when Galilei discovered different moons, they were given names to avoid confusion.
But to answer our question, there are different names that we call the moon.
For example, in Latin, it’s called Luna, and it is the most common name our moon is called. Hence we have words like lunar, and lunatic.
But there is another name we call our only natural satellite. It’s Selene. Selene is derived from the Greek pantheon as the moon goddess, hence the study of the moon’s geology is called selenology.
Other Moon Facts You Would Want to Know
- When the Apollo 11, 14 , and 15 missions visited the moon, they left mirrors on the surface of the moon for researchers on Earth to point lasers at the moon and see how far it really is. They found out that the moon is getting far away from Earth by 3.8cm annually.
- The full moon always rises at sunset, the new moon at sunrise. Meanwhile, the first quarter moon rises at noon, and the last quarter at midnight.
- In the 1969, President Nixon wrote a speech that will be aired in the event the moon landing fails, and Armstrong and Aldrin are trapped there. It goes like this:
Fate has ordained that the men who went of the moon to explore peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Niel Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their national they will be mourned by the people of the world they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons to the unknown.
In their exploration,they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at the stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon the the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.