Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_dslr_mirrorlesss.thumb.jpg.5b348d6a5e7f27bdcb79e9356b7fc03b.jpg

UTMonkey

The Moon - Easier to learn the Latin?

Recommended Posts

Hi All,

Just reading and waiting, reading and waiting (ad infinitum).

In particular the section on the moon from "Turn Left at Orion" - great book by the way.

I do wonder though, if people have actually made the effort to learn the latin for the "Mare's" or prefer the english translation:-

Mare Serenitatis - Sea of Tranquility

Mare Nubium - Sea of Clouds

Mare Vaporium - Sea of Vapours.

I do think the english translation means more to me (obviously) but I think also adds to the mystery and general feeling of how utterly ancient the moon is.

Mark

p.s. someone is going to reply to this post and tell me it isn't Latin!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I do think the english translation means more to me

"Sea" doesn't have much more meaning than "mare" or the equivalent word in any other language in relation to the Moon. I use the Latin names even though I learned no Latin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Mark, nice to meet you. :o

Rukl's 'Atlas of the Moon' uses the Latin names, so that's how i learned them.

Even so, the English translations just don't sound right to me.

Given a choice, i'd rather say 'Palus Putredinis' than 'Marsh of Rot'. :)

(...where did they get some of those names?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
...where did they get some of those names?
Dunno but it's clear that at least one 17th century Italian astronomer had a vivid sense of imagination. I wonder what he was smoking :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It may be easier to understand and remember in English rather than Latin - Bit like animals/ plants etc. Happy to use either, or both as I learn them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hi Mark, nice to meet you. :)

Pleasures all mine! :o

'Palus Putredinis' - 'Marsh of Rot', outstanding! probably named after a teenagers bedroom!

Edited by UTMonkey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny, the mysterium of Latin. It's like the exorcism of ghosts. Tell 'em to go away and they don't. Tell 'em in Latin and they run for it!

Olly

Edited by ollypenrice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah well, ex astris scientia as they say....

... google, is there nothing you don't know! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The reason that Latin was / is the language of science is:

a)Latin was considered the language of culture and learning

b)People who spoke Latin pretty much invented science in the west.

and

c) regardless of its origins it soon became clear that having a universal language that nobody spoke, was good idea. Now everyone could talk about the same thing in common terms, without really having to 'learn' the language.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
People who spoke Latin pretty much invented science in the west.

I'd disagree with that. The first "modern science" was the theory of optics derived by Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (965-1039 AD) who was unlikely to have spoken Latin. He is commemorated on the Moon by the crater Alhazen, a clumsy latinization of his name. If you include mathematics as a science (dubious since one does not perform experiments in mathematics) then it goes back to the ancient Greeks who existed before Latin was spoken.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am guessing that other than micro-meteorites there is no reason why another crater could be created by a substantial impact.

If it was big enough to warrant a name, what do you think it would be called.

how about:-

"ut familiarissimus fuit unus" - That was a close one!

Edited by UTMonkey

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.