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What Was That Word

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by bushwah, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    because sometimes you know (or suspect) there's a word for the thing but can't remember what it is

    describe the thing and hopefully someone will provide a word or words to your satisfaction
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  2. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    is there an extant category term that refers to the sun and the moon as seen from Earth? "celestial bodies" is close but I'd prefer a single word
  3. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    thinking of satellites but iirc that's for things that orbit earth, not the other way around
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  4. anthers

    anthers sleepy

    well satellites could work for the moon ig
  5. bushwah

    bushwah a known rule consequentialist

    the point is to describe... the lights of the sky, across time, as a single category? in modern times it's not common to do that, more common to refer to size classes of objects like stars, planets, satellites/moons, etc
  6. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    I think that in ancient astronomy, planets were often regarded as Those Weird Super-Bright Stars That Move? The word "planet" is derived from "planetes asteres," or "wandering stars."
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