It is quite fascinating to find out where the name of the moon came from. Since the time of the first humans on Earth, this great white orb has been visible to them in the sky. Lunar appearances change with the passing of each month. A full moon turns into a new moon, then back again.
One moon orbits the Earth. Throughout the English-speaking world, it has been referred to as the moon because people were using it to measure the passage of time since ancient times. mona is an Old English word from the medieval period that is connected to the word moon.
In Latin, mensis is translated as the month and metri is translated as a measure. Therefore, it is because the moon is used to measure the months that it is called the moon.
Exactly why do other planets’ moons have names, while the moon on our planet just has a name? Until its name was given, people knew only of Earth’s moon. Galileo Galilei led a team of Italian astronomers who made discoveries of Jupiter’s four largest moons in 1610.
During the 1600s, different European astronauts discovered five moons around Saturn. Due to their closeness to their planets, these objects were called moons just as the moon is close to the Earth.
Our moon may well have been named after another. As astronomers discovered more planets and moons in our solar system, the newly discovered moons were given impressive names to distinguish them from others.
Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto are the four large moons of Jupiter discovered by Galilei. Our solar system has been home to many new moons that orbit planets. The discovery of 20 moons around Saturn was announced in October.
The shortest name of the moon is “ay” in the Azerbaijani language but the moon in different languages has many names and many ways to say this word. Our planet’s oceans rise and fall due to the gravitational and centrifugal forces of the moon, Earth, and the Sun every day, some three feet worldwide.
This is a critical force to those living near the coasts or venturing on the high seas. Luna’s striking surface of dark areas (maelstroms) and lighter highlands make it easy to envision a ‘man’s face’ shaped like a crescent moon or the disc of the full moon. People have claimed to see a man standing on a fork or carrying a bundle of sticks, a dog, and even a rabbit.
In biblical times, a person was stoned after having been caught gathering sticks on the Sabbath (Book of Numbers, 15: 32-6). The Romans believed it was an exiled sheep thief. Dante’s masterpiece, The Inferno, portrayed Cain the Wanderer as destined to circle the globe forever. Many authors have also referred to this mythical figure, including Chaucer and Shakespeare.
Francis Godwin (1562-1633) was the most famous writer to have mentioned the man in the moon in a book. The Man in the Moone, a book that was penned by Domingo Gonsales over a century before his death, describes both a voyage to the moon and an account of Copernican astronomy.