Naming the Moons
Name: j gordon
Date: 1993 - 1999
How do scientists give names to the different moons of the planets?
It is an old custom. It probably started with the ancient custom of
naming the sky according to various religions. Also if a scientist were to name
a moon after himself, no one would agree. So often the names were chosen by a
committee to honor someone or a mythical person. These names were suggested and argued over and
finally voted by associations of scientists and astronomers.
Samuel P Bowen
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