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  • It does have a name "THE MOON." Because we have only one why would we have to call it anything else but what it is. Here it is a one of a kind. I do realize this is a fun question. So.... How about Keith?
  • I believe another name for the moon is 'Selene'.
  • "Colbert".. it would make for good tv. plus colbert got robbed of his title before. poor guy. http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/15/colbert.nasa/index.html
  • I'd call it Dillan..... it just looks like a Dillan to me :)
  • No - our moon is the original Moon. Before Galileo, nobody knew about any other moons, so there was only one Moon (or Luna in Latin etc.) What has happened is that the name of the one (and originally, only) moon has been taken as the label for a whole class of similar objects.
  • I don't think we have to name the moon, the old Greeks did that already in their mythology. They called the moon Selene, she was the daughter of Hyperion and Thei, sister of Helios the sun and of Eos the dawn. The word moon is just fine. It sounds mysterious, eventhough the mystery about it is almost reveiled to the last crater or mare on it.....
  • I would choose Argent. (silver ) as that is how it appears. It is said to represent the moon anyway.+6.
  • Personally, I'd name it Pluto. Although, ironically, it still wouldn't technically be a planet.
  • Since the moon orbits the Earth I would name it Roy Orbitson. AFAIK there aren't any other celestial objects named Roy, so Roy should suffice for now. ;)
  • It does have a name, its Luna, the sun has one too, Sol
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  • The moon has a name----Luna(Roman name) and Selene(Greek name) See pictures: http://images.google.com/images?q=Selene&rls=com.microsoft:*:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7ADBS_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=KjfXStruHsGA8Qb7p-nhCA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=4&ved=0CCMQsAQwAw
  • I thought THE was it's name.
  • Keith.
  • I think our moon has had a million names in different cultures and times. "Moon" is itself the name. It's generic description would be satelite. We liken other planet satelites to ours with this nomenclature, but that usage began at home so to speak. +5
  • 'Moon' means Earth's moon. If you want to call it by another name I suggest 'Chandra'. Thats the Sanskrit name for the moon. You could pick a name from any other language of your choice too but only let us all know, to avoid confusion.
  • In the same way that Luna is a name for the Roman Goddess of the Moon, so Selene is the Greek Moon Goddess, and I believe the moon is sometimes called by that name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selene
  • She has two perfectly good names; Selene and Luna. She's called "the" moon because she's the only one that WE have. Anyway, "moon" originally meant month, when our calendars were moon-based and there were 13 months in a year. (28x13=364) is the reason that all the old time contracts were shown as "a year and a day." It brought the lunar and solar years together again.
  • Chaoliu Dashi. I remember translating a chinese kung-fu classic that spoke about the moon as Chaoliu Dashi or Great master of the tides. It stuck with me. +2
  • OK, here's a TFT for you: Don't you find it odd that the planet with its Roman name has two satellites with Greek names?
  • The nox was lit by lux of Luna And 'twas a nox most opporuna To catch a possum or a coona.
  • Our moon is called moon duh.
  • I'm going to treat this as an almost "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" question and try to answer it off the top of my head. I think the moon is technically considered a satellite and not in the technological sense, obviously. This would make the name of our moon "the moon." However, people have attributed names to describe similar items. Band-Aid for instance, has been used to describe almost any type of adhesive bandage. Or Xerox as a verb to describe making copies even if it's not on a copy machine made by Xerox. This would mean that technically "Phobos" and "Deimos" are satellites, but with our tendency to refer to other things by a name it's easy to see how people would call them moons, especially if they experience the same phases as our moon does. +3 for making me ponder.

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