On Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:12:23 -0500, J. Clarke
Post by J. Clarke Post by Kevrob Post by Paul S Person
On Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:55:53 -0500, John W Kennedy
Post by P. Taine Post by Lynn McGuire
xkcd: Solar System Changes
Wow. Randall is living large today.
Yeah, but I disagre about Uranus. Isn't a planet with its axis almost alined
with its plane of revolution interesting? I don't see what Neptune has to match
Theres that shocking blue color, like artificial picnic ice.
And you can pronounce "Neptune" in Latin, rather than Greek, to avoid
... unseemly associations.
Uranus would correspond to "Caelus" in Latin.
Did not know that. There is an NPC in Fallout New Vegas named
"Caelus" who is something of an anus--subtle humor but a nice touch.
And you don't know it now, either.
Caelus is Latin for the god of the sky -- hence "celestial". It does
not "correspond" to anything in Latin -- it /is/ in Latin.
He also appears in Mithraism and some Latin writers identified him
with the God of Israel (ie, of the Jews). That, I would think, was
more an attempt to understand what the Jews were saying than anything
Uranus is Latin for the Greek god transcribed as Ouranos. The
pronounciation "you-ran-us", with a short "a", was used on the
national news when a satellite flew by the planet way back when. The
scatological version was used in /E.T.: The Extraterrestrial/ by
children as a taunt. Both are gods of the sky, and the article does
associate the /Latin/ name "Uranus" with the /Latin/ name "Caelus".
Post by J. Clarke Post by Kevrob
Poseidon corresponds to Neptune. Those names might have
been saved for planets covered by ocean, even more than
ol' Mama Gaia/Terra.
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."