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Tuckerfan
2004-Aug-29, 11:14 PM
Not sure if this should go here or in BABBling. I have recently been adopted by a cat which happens to be the same color as lunar materials. I've been trying to think of a name for her, but haven't had any luck. So, I thought given her coloration that naming her after something on the Moon might be appropriate. Can anybody pooint me to a list of Lunar features names or have any suggestions?

Swift
2004-Aug-30, 12:37 AM
How about Selene? She was the greek goddess of the moon
link (http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=selene)

The Bad Astronomer
2004-Aug-30, 01:50 AM
Regolith.

Then for short you can call her "Reg".

Tuckerfan
2004-Aug-30, 01:52 AM
How about Selene? She was the greek goddess of the moon
link (http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=selene)I tried calling her that, and she gave me a "You've got to be kidding!" look. She's an odd cat. Cares nothing for cat toys, catnip, or laser pointers.

Nowhere Man
2004-Aug-30, 02:04 AM
Well, then, what about Diana, Artemis, or Phoebe? All associated with the Moon, and all common enough that people can pronounce them correctly.

Fred

tuffel999
2004-Aug-30, 02:22 AM
Lunar Features Named After Females

Must not make heavenly body joke....must not make heavenly body joke....
What am I the only one who thought of that 8-[

Nowhere Man
2004-Aug-30, 02:39 AM
Gimme a break :D . I used up the little brain power I reserve for Sunday, by stomping on DrMarvinBuster and moonislaughing.

Fred

Candy
2004-Aug-30, 06:06 AM
How about Blue? From the term Blue Moon. 8-[

It sounds feminine. It's unusual. It's not blue. You get the idea. :D

Charlie in Dayton
2004-Aug-30, 07:20 AM
Why waste a perfectly good name on an animal that won't come when you use the name?

People do not own cats.

Cats own people.

Dogs have owners.

Cats have staff.

PhantomWolf
2004-Aug-30, 07:38 AM
The only crater I could spot was "Catherina" and is she didn't like Selene, then she'd probaly scratch your eyes out with that one. ;)

dvb
2004-Aug-30, 07:43 AM
Why waste a perfectly good name on an animal that won't come when you use the name?

I wouldn't be so sure about that. I've known many cats that will come when you call them as long as they think there's something in it for them. ;)

On the subject of your adopted friend Tucker, how about moonlet? Cute name even though it has nothing to do with the moon. :D

A Thousand Pardons
2004-Aug-30, 08:15 AM
If you don't like Regolith, how about Maria, the plural of Mare (the lunar "seas")? It'd be pronounce MAHR-ee-uh, not muh-REE-uh.

Or Hypatia (a crater--on the edge of the Sea of Tranquility--as well as one of the first great women mathematicians and scientists)

Eroica
2004-Aug-30, 11:43 AM
Tereshkova

Sklodowska

Curie

Noether (Nöther)

ngc3314
2004-Aug-30, 12:46 PM
Tereshkova

Sklodowska

Curie

Noether (Nöther)

Hypatia (crater and rille, cat's choice)

By the way, that Curie is Pierre, while Sklodowska is for Marie. Further
browsing the list at http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/moon/mooncrat.html for other names that one might look for, lemme see, there are

the generic Ann and Annegrit, Artemis, Blagg (Mary Adela), Priscilla Fairfield Bok, Caroline Herschel (named as C. Herschel), Annie Cannon, generic Carol (hmm, maybe I could try to convince my mother-in-law, who has been known to go to astronomy stores and send me red flashlights for Christmas), Agnes Mary Clerke, I assume G. Theresa Radnitz Cori, Diana...

But where's Payne-Gaposchkin? I am happy that Burbidge, Rubin, et al are still ineligible as feature names...

papageno
2004-Aug-30, 01:17 PM
The only crater I could spot was "Catherina" and is she didn't like Selene, then she'd probaly scratch your eyes out with that one. ;)

Catherina, short Cat... :oops:

Russ
2004-Aug-30, 02:29 PM
How about Moon Unit? Frank Zappa thought that good enough for his daughter! :o :roll: :lol:

Tuckerfan
2004-Aug-30, 10:29 PM
Well, she's decided to accept the name "Gabby" which I jokingly called her. As soon as I said it, she came running over to me and wanted to play. Obligatory cat pics here. (http://home.comcast.net/~tuckerfan/pageuno.html)

Candy
2004-Aug-31, 04:10 AM
Well, she's decided to accept the name "Gabby" which I jokingly called her. As soon as I said it, she came running over to me and wanted to play. Obligatory cat pics here. (http://home.comcast.net/~tuckerfan/pageuno.html) She's gorgeous! Congratulations on your new baby. =D>

A Thousand Pardons
2004-Aug-31, 07:37 PM
Is that short for Gabbro (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gabbro)?

gethen
2004-Aug-31, 09:42 PM
Why waste a perfectly good name on an animal that won't come when you use the name?
....
I beg your pardon. "Roy" comes when I call his name. He would not stoop to responding to "Kitty" or any other generic term. "Bob" has only a couple of functioning synapses left and does not respond even when I throw a pillow t him. You must hang around stupid cats.

Grand Vizier
2004-Aug-31, 10:34 PM
How about Selene? She was the greek goddess of the moon
link (http://www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn?stage=1&word=selene)I tried calling her that, and she gave me a "You've got to be kidding!" look. She's an odd cat. Cares nothing for cat toys, catnip, or laser pointers.

Something like 10% of domestic cats are genetically immune to the attractions of catnip. My last one was indifferent, but it is completely overpowering for my current one. Makes me feel slightly guilty (giving drugs to innocents...), but it is funny to watch. And out of a fair sample, I haven't seen a cat chase a laser pointer yet...

On-topic, it's a pity the book is closed, but I was going to suggest Hecate (another avatar of Diana/Selene) for a cat with attitude. I was going to call my rather scary female moggy that, but settled for calling her SETI instead (non-astro friends just assume it's an Egyptian name.)

ToSeek
2004-Sep-01, 12:45 AM
Something like 10% of domestic cats are genetically immune to the attractions of catnip.

We have three cats who love it and one who simply can't understand what the fuss is all about - he comes running over to join the excitement but can't figure out what he's missing out on.


And out of a fair sample, I haven't seen a cat chase a laser pointer yet...

I've seen a few cats who'll go after a laser pointer, including a couple of hours. We haven't tried it on a couple of our newer ones, though.

Tuckerfan
2004-Sep-01, 02:15 AM
Is that short for Gabbro (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gabbro)?Ha! No, I called her that because she's quite the "talker." If I'm not where she thinks I should be, she'll meow for me, until she finds me (yes, I do meow back). She was a bit under the weather earlier tonight (had a case of the "trots") and I had to give her a bath to clean up her fur. To give you an idea of how bad she felt, she barely struggled. Currently, she's soothing her backside on the cold tile floor in the kitchen. :D

Grand Vizier
2004-Sep-01, 02:33 AM
Is that short for Gabbro (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=gabbro)?Ha! [...] She was a bit under the weather earlier tonight (had a case of the "trots") and I had to give her a bath to clean up her fur. To give you an idea of how bad she felt, she barely struggled. Currently, she's soothing her backside on the cold tile floor in the kitchen. :D

Oh dear. I'm continually amazed how sensitive house cat digestion can be, when they are so good at scavenging up any old crud in the wild (a good friend feeds a bunch of ferals that hang around her house - they will hoover up just about anything). Mine has seriously bad runs from time to time, but as long as I keep her away from cow's milk, it ain't too bad (wish she liked the lactose-free cat stuff...)

NASAsummer
2004-Sep-01, 02:43 AM
The guys here have done a pretty good job, but if none of these names are your kitten's style, may I suggest Luna? Moon-oriented, decidedly feminine, and there's already a namesake: http://www.absoluteanime.com/sailor_moon/luna.htm :)

Candy
2004-Sep-01, 01:07 PM
The guys here have done a pretty good job, but if none of these names are your kitten's style, may I suggest Luna? Moon-oriented, decidedly feminine, and there's already a namesake: http://www.absoluteanime.com/sailor_moon/luna.htm :) I don't think Tuckerfan's baby is a kitten.

At least, I have some great new names next time a feline adopts me! :D

NASAsummer
2004-Sep-01, 03:01 PM
I don't think Tuckerfan's baby is a kitten.

Oops - I recently was found by a kitten of my own, so I was in kitten mode. You'll have to excuse that. :wink: