15 Astronomical Names for Your Dog
There is a whole wealth of places to get dog names from. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your pooch? One way is to look for what a name means. Astronomy is a great place to turn to for names brimming with meaning and excitement. Everything from heavenly bodies, astronomical phenomena, and even basic scientific terms can make great names for your dog.
In this article, we'll look at 15 names from astronomy that could be just right for your dog.
The albedo of an object indicates how much light the object reflects. So, a perfectly reflective surface such as a mirror would have an albedo of 100. For contrast, the moon has an albedo of 7 and the Earth has an albedo of 36.
Albedo could make a good name for a male dog with a sleek, shiny coat. Any sleek, glistening-coated dog would be perfect for this name.
No, we’re not talking Santa’s reindeer here. A comet is a ball made of ice and rocky debris. (Some people call it a dirty snowball.) Comets fly through space, orbiting the sun. When the comet gets too close to the sun, its ice melts and it becomes a ball of gas and trails a tail of gas and debris behind it.
This name could be good for a shaggy, white or off-white dog. It could also make a great name for a dog that likes to chase his or her tail, or out of humor, a dog that suffers from excess flatulence.
An eclipse is when the shadow of a planet or moon falls upon another celestial body. A solar eclipse happens when the moon’s shadow falls on the sun, while a lunar eclipse happens when the earth’s shadow falls upon the moon.
Eclipse could obviously be a name for a black dog, but you could get more creative and name a dog with brindle hairs on the outside of her coat Eclipse. Those hairs could represent the corona of light that happens at the peak of the eclipse. A dog named after a solar eclipse might be mostly pale, but with some dark points.
You could also think of your dog’s personality. Does your dog periodically collapse in exhaustion or go and hide for no reason? If so, Eclipse might be the perfect name for your dog.
Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest in the solar system. Its mass is well over twice that of any other planet in the solar system. It is huge. Jupiter was named after the leader of the Roman gods. This planet has a unique feature called the Great Red Spot; it is a giant storm that rages over the planet. It also has an immense magnetic field and spins incredibly rapidly on its orbit.
Jupiter could be a great name for a strong male dog, particularly with some sort of red spot or patch on his body. A big dog with a lot of energy and personal magnetism would also work well for this name, as would any male dog that really likes to lead the pack.
Luna is the Latin name for the moon. Luna is also the Roman goddess who is the personification of the moon. The name Luna would be a nice name for a female dog with a silvery or mottled fur that resembles the moon’s surface. It could also work for a regal female dog who enjoys howling at the moon or going on a nighttime romp.
This is the imaginary North-South line that runs up and down along the earth. It terminates at the North and South Poles. Meridian comes from the Latin for “midday.” The astronomic prime meridian is in Greenwich, England.
This name could be good for any breed of dog that comes from England. It could also work for a dog that likes to go out exploring. It would also be a great name for a dog you like to take with you on adventures around the country or even to farther-flung places in the world.
A meteor is just a brief streak of light that appears in the sky when a small piece of space debris or human-created space debris enters the earth’s atmosphere and is destroyed upon its fiery re-entry. It may be violent, but watching a meteor, or a meteor shower, is a beautiful experience.
Dogs that might suit this name include ones who are fast and flashy. It could also serve as a name for dogs who like to get themselves in trouble by stealing things they aren’t supposed to and then tearing off in glee, only to sometimes come to an ignoble, crashing end as they smash into some piece of furniture.
The 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower
Nebula is Latin for “cloud.” Nebulae are enormous clouds in space created of glowing gas and lit up by stars within them or nearby. There are also dark nebulae that are visible only because they block our sight of other things behind them.
There are a lot of dogs that could probably use this name. Nebulae are clouds, so a fluffy dog could fit this name well. They glow because of the light of stars near them, so a red, orange, or otherwise “glowing” dog could take this name, as could a dog with a really warm personality. Finally, because of the dark nebulae, darkly colored dogs or dogs with more mysterious personalities could also fit this broad name.
A nova is a temporary astronomical event where a bright, seemingly new star appears in the sky. However, this star fades away over the course of some weeks or months. The reason this event occurs is that two stars interact, causing a temporary flare that makes it look like a new star is forming, but it is really simply energy from the current stars interacting.
A dog with a bright, quirky personality that changes on a dime could be a good candidate for this name, as could a dog who thinks he’s a little too big for his own britches. This name could also work for a dog that is always raring to go when it’s time to play, but quickly changes her mind once you’re actually out at the park running around in the cold or heat.
Parallax is where a foreground object is offset against a background object, making your perspective change. For example, the moon can appear at very different locations among different stars to different observers depending where they are observing it from on earth. Astronomers use mathematical formulae to calculate these infinitesimal positional changes, or parallax, to calculate the distance to nearby stars.
This complex name would be great for a more intellectual dog or one who likes to stargaze.
A phase is the fraction of the moon or another body in the sky that we see illuminated by the sun. The moon has four main phases; new, first quarter, full, and last quarter.
Phase might be a good name for a dog that shifts in and out of the shadows well. Alternately, this name could be good for a dog whose personality shifts with the tides or the changing of the moon.
There are two solstices during the year. The Winter solstice is the day we have the least sunlight of the year. This takes place on December 21st or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere, while the summer solstice takes place either June 21st or 22nd and is the longest day of the year.
Because the two solstices are opposites, this name could work for opposite types of dogs. You could name a very short, small, white or black dog after the winter solstice, or name a larger, longer dog with a more summery coloration after the summer solstice.
A star is a giant gas ball that generates gigantic amounts of energy and light. This energy comes from nuclear fusion at the core of the star. Our solar system has one star in it, the sun.
Star is a name that could fit a lot of dogs. After all, your dog is definitely your shining star. The name might work particularly well for dogs that have a star-like mark on their forehead or body or for dogs who really like to act like the star of the family, demanding attention at every turn.
We’re not talking the vampire series here. Twilight is the time after the sun has set in the evening or just before the sun rises in the morning when the sky is neither fully light or dark.
A dog with the name Twilight might have a dusky coloring or might enjoy rising particularly early in the morning, probably before her owner wants to get up.
An umbra is the dark part of a sunspot or shadow. This name could be great for a dog with dappled spots or a shadowy color, or for one that likes to sneak around and follow people without being seen.
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