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Rusty Neon
01-03-2004, 00:43
Our galaxy has a name which goes back to ancient times: The Milky Way. However, does our solar system have a name? It certainly should. However, a quick tour on the internet indicates that maybe our solar system doesn't have a special name. That's strange, especially since our galaxy has a name.

It seems that if there is a name, it's simply The Solar System and the context makes it clear. The expression "our solar system" can be used in a pinch when there are references to other solar systems.

http://van.hep.uiuc.edu/van/qa/section/Stuff_about_Space/The_Rest_of_the_Solar_System/20010827173436.htm

P.S. I realize that I have been presumptuous in thinking we're all from the same galaxy. After all, membership in Aeclectic Tarot is open to all. :)

Le_Corsair
01-03-2004, 00:51
I have read various scifi books that refer to it as the Sol system.

Bob :THERM

Rusty Neon
01-03-2004, 00:58
Le Corsair ... Good point about Sol System! I noticed that in the article in the weblink I inserted in my post which I was editing at the same time as your post.

Minderwiz
01-03-2004, 01:17
'Solar System' means just that - the system of planets around our Sun (Sol) :)