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ScienceAlive

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Report this Feb. 26 2011, 10:09 pm

My little girl likes Lilo & Stitch. I always giggle at that alien designation for our planet.


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janewayjunkie74656

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Report this Feb. 26 2011, 11:16 pm

Wow, I never realized how boring the names for our planets and stuff are. I mean seriously!


"Sun", "Moon", (who names their moon "Moon"?), "Earth", "Solar System", etc.


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Report this Feb. 27 2011, 2:03 am

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Report this Feb. 27 2011, 7:08 pm

Quote: SheherazadeQ @ Jun. 25 2009, 2:52 pm

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Quote (Mjolnir2000 @ June 24 2009, 2:11 am) When you think about it, 'Earth' is really a stupid name for a planet. ¿Basically our planet is called 'Dirt', or 'Ground'. >
That is so true, like someone else said we've got all sorts of interesting names for planets in science fiction. Ours is pretty dumb. I mean the other planets just in our solar system are named after gods: Venus, Mars, Jupiter...why not call earth Gaia or something?


 


i think all the planets in our system should've been named after Greek Gods, not Roman gods. afterall, the Greek Gods were more famous than the Romans.


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 1:12 am

Don't certain aliens refer to us as Planet Hooston?


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 1:35 am

I like Gaia. Or PLANET AWESOME. Except it's not awesome. If we were more like the Federation, then we would be.  


 


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 8:10 am

We should rename the Sun as "Cylotron"


 


Then we can have a cool planet name like "Cylotron III"


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 12:22 pm

Treknoir Majoris. Capital of The Treknoir Alliance. I'm an easy overlord. Sacrifice a few virgins, have your hottest young men dance around scantily clad for my amusement, and I won't bother you much.


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 1:41 pm

Quote: Khoufu_Khorushu @ Jun. 22 2009, 2:57 pm

>Either Earth or Terra. Anything that has to do with Sol is pointless, because that's short for Solar or whatever


Sol is not short for solar. Solar refers to Sol - like Lunar refers to Luna (The Moon).


Sol is the proper name of our star - the sun. All stars are suns and all suns are stars. The words are interchangable. We call the big orangey thing that appears every day The Sun out of convention. Oddly, we rarely call it by its astronomical name which is Sol.


Sol's system of satellites is called the Solar system for very obvious reasons.


A reasonable tag for our planet would be Sol 3 ...


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Report this Feb. 28 2011, 1:43 pm

Quote: SLagonia @ Jun. 23 2009, 9:50 pm

>Mostly harmless.


Indeed


Although originally it was tagged as merely harmless - later amended (as I'm sure you know only too well)


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Report this Mar. 01 2011, 1:07 pm

Unlisshed wrote: "Chikyuu (which I'm pretty sure is just japanese for earth) or Humanus (romulans have Romulus, so humans have...)"


 


The English word "world" derives from the Old English word for "man" or "human"--the Old English word is "wer," or something close to that, which is also why we call a man-wolf a "werewolf."


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Report this Mar. 01 2011, 1:18 pm

Mjolnir2000 wrote: "When you think about it, 'Earth' is really a stupid name for a planet. Basically our planet is called 'Dirt', or 'Ground'."


 


What's stupid is that most alien species have not designated their own planet similarly--or do words like "Vulcan," "Kronos," etc. all mean "ground" or "earth" in the languages of their inhabitants--and, if so, why doesn't the universal translator render them as such?  Or are "Vulcan," "Kronos," etc. English words for those planets?


Maybe some species, like the Vulcans perhaps, wouldn't be so terra-centric as to assume that their "earth" or "ground" is the only earth or ground, but since languages on most planets would predate extraterrestrial interactions, most species in most of their languages would probably think of their earth as "the Earth," their sun as "the Sun," etc.  But the way it's represented in Star Trek, either "everybody's human," as Kirk claims, or everyone who's not human is an "alien."


A great quote from Klingon Chancellor Azetbur comes to mind: "Inalien? If only you could hear yourselves. ‘Human rights.’ Why the very name is racist. The Federation is no more than a homo sapiens only club."


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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 4:28 pm

Earth is a good name. Terra means Earth or land.


I seem to remember that Adam (the Bible's first dude) means something like Red Earth.


Vulcan is a Roman god. Most of the planets are named after Roman gods in our system. Apparently Vulcan was held back (it has yet to be used) because astronomers thought for a long time there might be another planet nearer the sun than Mercury and with Vulcan (Greek = Hephaistos) being a god of fire (the smithy etc.) - they wanted to use that name for any planet closer to Sol. They now know that is not the case, but Vulcan still hasn't been allocated to any celestial sphere, planet, planetoid or whatever...


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