The Namer and the Named

Is it wrong to give names to inanimate bodies, based on human emotion, so that a negative association can become fixed? Mars, in ancient European mythology, was the planet of war. Careful observers, using eyes alone, can see its bloody color. So, in the nineteenth century, when telescopes had reached sufficient resolving ability, two small satellites were discovered and they were given matching names: Phobos, from the Greek for fear; and Deimos, from the Greek for panic or terror. This image shows Phobos.


Nineteenth Century Solar System Negative Association Thick Layer Close Inspection 
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