Our Planet Has No Official Name

Where are you in the solar system right now? Your answer depends on your native tongue. Our home planet has no official name. That's right—Earth is not the official title. Each person simply refers to our planet in their chosen language, and there are hundreds of words for Earth all over the world. Many derive from the Latin "terra." However, all of the different words from our planet share the common meaning of ground or soil.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Most of the planets and their satellites are named after Greek and Roman deities. 00:13

  2. In 1971, an asteroid was named Mister Spock. 02:29

  3. Earth has no official scientific name. 03:47

Written by Curiosity Staff July 13, 2015