Astronomy Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Astronomy is the scientific study of the physical universe as a whole, but it deals most frequently with celestial objects in space such as stars, planets, and nebulae. It requires the application of mathematics, physics, and chemistry in order to attempt to explain the origins and evolution of those celestial objects. We learn more about our universe every day and its big place that can be at once awe-inspiring and frightening at the same time. Our dogs often help give us a sense of closeness and comfort that can help us to soak in all the awe and just let the fear go. 

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Astronomy Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Choosing an appropriate name for your new dog is an important step for a new pet owner and one that should not be taken too lightly. Choosing a name that is simple to pronounce for all of the household members will make it easier for your dog to recognize their name, and starting with a name that the individual dog naturally responds to will shorten your training time. While the meaning behind the name is generally lost on our dogs, the reactions that you have to the name will not be, so choosing a name that means something to you and makes you happy can help to strengthen your bond. The individual dog’s appearance and personality may help to pinpoint the best name for your canine companion, Doppler may make a good name for a dog with brindle or spotted coat that looks like it changes when the dog moves, and Orbit is a great name for a dog who is never far from your side. While the names on this list are divided up into categories of male and female, a large percentage of names related to astronomy could be suitable for either. 

Male Astronomy Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Orbit
The curved path of one celestial object around a star, planet, or moon
5
Atom
The smallest particle of any element
5
Equinox
The points at which the sun crosses the celestial equator
5
Kepler
Johannes Kepler was the scientist who discovered the laws of orbit, areas, and periods; known as Kepler’s Laws
5
Syzygy
The conjunction or opposition of a celestial object when it is forms a straight line with the Sun and Earth
4
Axis
The imaginary line around which an object, such as the Earth, rotates
4
Comet
A celestial object that is made of ice and gas that forms a tail of particles that point away from the sun
4
Meteor
A particle of rock or dust that burns away in the Earth’s atmosphere
4
Umbra
The area of darkness and shadow that is caused by an eclipse
2
Crater
The bowl-shaped impression formed by the impact of an asteroid or meteor
2
Parallax
The apparent change in position of two objects due to a change in the viewers perspective
2
Transit
In astronomical terms, this refers to the passage of celestial body across the disk of a larger celestial body
1
Doppler
The Doppler Effect refers to the apparent wavelength change to sound or light that occurs in relation to the observer’s position
1
Kirkwood
Kirkwood gaps are empty regions located in the asteroid belt that are caused by Jupiter’s gravitational effects
1
Trojan
The Trojan’s asteroids circle the sun by following in Jupiter’s orbit
0
Extraterrestrial
A term used to describe anything that does not originate on Earth
0
Hermes
An 800-meter asteroid that passed close to the Earth in 1937, but has since been lost
0
Hubble
Hubble’s Law states that the farther a galaxy is from us the faster it is moving from us
0
Neutron
A neutron star is the remaining compressed core of a star that has previously exploded
0
Terminator
The line on the moon or on a planet that divides the lit part from the part in shadow
-1
Galaxy
A large group of stars that may come in many shapes and sizes
-1
Neutrino
A very small particle which has no charge and no mass
-2
Dactyl
A natural satellite to the asteroid Ida, discovered in 1994
-2
Phaethon
An asteroid that has an orbit that approaches close to the sun, releasing meteors
-3
Bolide
An exceptionally bright meteor that often produces a sonic boom
-3
Nadir
The point directly underneath a body or an object
-4
Filament
A strand of cool gas that appears dark against the disk of the sun
-4
Wavelength
A unit of measurement for electromagnetic radiation, the distance between the consecutive crests of a wave
-5
Caldara
A type of exceptionally large volcanic crater
-5
Seyfert
A type of galaxy with a bright, compact core

Female Astronomy Inspired Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
13
Eclipse
The partial or total blocking of one celestial body by another
9
Star
A luminous object that shines due to nuclear reactions at its core
8
Ida
An astroid well known for having its own moon, spotted in 1994 when examining images from the Galileo fly-by
7
Catena
A chain or series of craters
5
Perigee
The point in an objects orbit when it is closest to what it is orbiting
5
Ultraviolet
A wavelength that is shorter than the violet end of visible light, but still longer than x-ray waves
4
Chasma
A planetary feature, a long, narrow impression with steep sides
4
Coma
The nebulous envelope containing ice and comet dust that forms around a comet when it passes close to the sun
4
Flare
A flare star is a faint red star with surface explosions that make it appear to be changing brightness
4
Jet
A narrow beam of matter that is ejected from certain astronomical phenomenon
4
Kuiper
The Kuiper belt is a large ring of icy objects that orbit farther out than Neptune
4
Solstice
The points at which the sun is furthest from the celestial equator
4
Stellar
A word that can be used to describe anything that is connected with stars
3
Apogee
The point in an object’s orbit when it is furthest from what it is orbiting
3
Aurora
A glow in a planet’s ionosphere caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the planet’s magnetic field
3
Mare
An astrological term used to describe a large, circular plain, such as the mares on the moon
3
Nova
A star that temporarily flares up to several times its usual size
2
Binary
A binary system consists of two stars revolving around the same center of gravity
2
Milky Way
The spiral galaxy that contains our solar system
2
Nebula
A cloud of dust and gas that represents the raw material that will eventually become stars
2
Parsec
A measurement equaling 3.26 light years
2
Sunspot
Dark patches that are visible on the sun’s surface
2
Supernova
The explosion of a star, an exceedingly bright expenditure of energy
1
Corona
The outer part of the suns atmosphere, visible during a solar eclipse
0
Ceres
A celestial object classified as either a large asteroid or a small dwarf planet, that orbits between Mars and Jupiter
0
Gamma Ray
The shortest wavelength form of electromagnetic radiation, with the highest energy
0
Virgo
The Virgo cluster is a huge cluster of over 2000 galaxies that is found near the Virgo constellation
0
Zenith
The point of the sky that is directly overhead the observer
-1
Tektite
Small, black, glassy objects that are formed during meteor impacts
-3
Pallas
The second asteroid to be discovered and the second largest of the known asteroids

Community Dogs with Astronomy Inspired Names

Luna
Female
Rottweiler
Malvern, PA
Personality
Calm

bella luna is the show name but luna is her call name

I named my snake nova.'s name story for Astronomy Inspired Dog Names
I named my snake nova.
Female
Shiba Inu mix
El Paso, TX
Personality
Hiss.
Adorable.
Lil' Cutie.
It's a snake, not a Shiba inu..

I wanted my Snake to be named after space.

Gibbous - gibby's name story for Astronomy Inspired Dog Names
Gibbous - gibby
Male
Shih Tzu
Madison, AR

He was not only born in a Gibbous moon,but he had a Gibbous moon on his paw of white fur - otherwise he was born jet black

Luna's name story for Astronomy Inspired Dog Names
Luna
Female
Pit Bull
Indianapolis, IN
Personality
Energetic
Sweet
cluless

My dad is an astronaut so we wanted something to do with astronomy or outer space and my little sister wanted a dog named after a Harry Potter character. We settled on Luna because it fits both of our needs. We call her lovegood too.