It’s 2019. Let’s just name the moon Geoff!
Jupiter has 79 confirmed moons. 53 of those moons have names like Io, Ganymede, and Europa. All are names deriving from Roman mythology, which sounds so cool if you think about it. Each name was picked out by scientific experts and approved with great thought. Earth’s moon is just named ... well, The Moon.
A Colorado library, Jefferson County Public Library, seeks to change that. In a new petition, the library wishes for the good public to help them name Earth’s moon “Geoff”.
Jefferson County Public Library didn’t just pick Geoff on purpose either. “Geoff" (pronounced Jeff) is not a randomly selected name. It means:
GEO – Earth (because it's our moon)
F – Fickle (because it's always changing)
F – Friend (because it's always there for us)
Geoff equals Earth’s Fickle Friend!
The main reason the library wants to change the moon’s name is because all of these other planet’s moons have cool names, why can’t ours have a cool name?
"Think this is silly? Well, it's not as silly as having a moon without a name," states the petition. "Think about it. The Sun isn't called 'the star' and Earth isn't just 'the planet,' so why shouldn't the Moon have a name?"
At the time of this writing, the petition has more than 30 supporters. If you want to support and change our moon’s name to Geoff, click here! (Don’t disappoint me, internet. We can do this.)
This petition comes at a perfect time, as we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20. Krispy Kreme even got in on the celebrations by adding a new doughnut to its menu!
Will you be signing the petition to change the name of the moon? Why or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And if you have other name ideas for the moon, we'd love to hear your suggestions!