Even well before our first ascent into the stars and more recent plans to explore the surface of Mars, humans have always been fascinated by space. For centuries we’ve gazed up at the stars in awe, pondering the vast galaxies beyond our borders.
If you think of yourself as an expert in space expeditions, or you’re simply a star-gazing enthusiast, consider naming your four-legged friend something space-inspired. The sky offers endless options for any pup; there’s no shortage of stellar celestial names for your new pooch!
Planet Inspired Names
- Saturn: Saturn is the 6th planet from the sun, and it’s the farthest planet that can be seen with the naked eye. Additionally, it has the most well-defined rings of any planet studied in the solar system. Saturn is a pale yellow color with sections of orange, and it’s color is even noticeable to trained eyes on Earth.
- Mars: The planet Mars was named after the Roman God of war, and it’s appearance embodies Mars’ fiery attitude, thanks to its intense terrain and color. Mars contains the highest mountain in the solar system, as well as the largest dust storms.
- Mercury: Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system, but it still has a lot going for it. It is the second hottest planet, Mercury likely contains a molten core. The name of the planet was inspired by the Roman messenger of the gods.
- Jupiter: Jupiter is comprised mostly of gas, and as such is called a gas giant. It is an incredibly massive planet, being two and a half times larger than all of the other planets in the solar system combined. Being such a large and powerful planet, it was named for the Roman king of the gods.
- Earth: The Earth is the only planet in our solar system not named after a Greek or Roman God, and it is the only one that we know harbors life.
- Sun: The sun is a star and is nearly 5 billion years old. It is incredibly large — one million Earths could fit inside of it. The Sun is also the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has ever been seen in nature.
- Venus: Venus is named after the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, and it is the hottest planet in the solar system, thanks to its runaway greenhouse effect. It is sometimes considered Earth’s “sister planet,” as it has a number of things in common with our planet.
- Neptune: Neptune is the farthest planet from the sun in the solar system, and only one spacecraft has ever observed it up close. Neptune is famous for it’s beautiful blue color, which some think make it appear like a marble. The blue color is due to a thick layer of methane surrounding the planet.
- Moon: The moon is a satellite rather than a planet, as it directly orbits the Earth (but in doing so, it also orbits the sun). In terms of size relative to the planet it orbits, the moon is the largest satellite in the solar system. The moon actually has its own time zone, and is the Earth’s nearest neighbor.
- Pluto: Pluto used to be considered a planet, but in 2006, scientists implemented a new definition of the term “planet.” This new definition included three criteria a body must exhibit to be considered a planet. Pluto satisfied two of the criteria (it orbits the sun and is massive enough to have achieved a round shape), but it fails to satisfy the third criteria: clearing its orbital neighborhood. Accordingly, Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.
- Luna: The word Luna refers to anything relating to the moon.
- Solar: Solar is of, or relating to, the sun.
- Jericho: Jericho is an Arabic name that means “city of the moon”
- Sunny: Sunny is a classic take on sunshine
Constellation Inspired Dog Names
Constellations are groups of stars that trace various shapes in the sky. The stars in constellations are often unthinkably far from each other, but from our viewpoint on Earth, they can appear as though they’re in the same stellar “neighborhood.”
- Aquarius: Aquarius is one of the most famous constellations, although it is generally quite hard to see. The name means “water-bearer”, and its shape is of a man carrying a large jug of water.
- Aquila: Aquila is also known as “the eagle,” as its shape is that of an eagle with outstretched wings.
- Aries: Aries is a well known constellation due to its relation to zodiacal significance. It is the shape of a charging ram, and is comprised of relatively dim stars.
- Cassiopeia: Cassiopeia is a constellation that can be best viewed during the fall and winter. This mythical dog name refers to a queen who sits upon a chair in the sky. She appears in the shape of a large, flattened “W” spread across the sky.
- Cygnus: Cygnus is drawn in the shape of a swan, but appears in the sky in the form of a cross. Due to the cross shape, this constellation is also known as the “Northern Cross” and is visible on late summer evenings.
- Leo: Leo is one of the most well known constellations, and it generally does look like what it was named for: a lion. Leo is most visible in late April and May.
- Lyra: Lyra is in the shape of a harp, and is based on a Greek myth about Orpheus and his love for a beautiful woman named Eurydice. The legend states that Orpheus’ harp was placed into the sky following his death.
- Orion: Orion is formally known as Orion The Hunter, and can be easily spotted by his well-known “belt” made up of three bright stars. He is shaped like a man brandishing a sword and shield.
- Perseus: The story of Perseus follows a young man who saved a beautiful woman from a sea monster. He is formally known as Perseus the Hero, and the brightest star in his constellation, Alpha Persei, is actually brighter than the North Star.
- Taurus: The stars that make up Taurus the bull form the “V” of his horns, and the star in his eye is visibly red.
Star Inspired Dog Names
- Andromeda: The daughter of Cassiopeia
- Bootes: A cattle herder
- Cetus: Meaning “the whale”
- Columba: Translates to “the dove”
- Equuleus: Translates to “the little horse”
- Pavo: Means “the peacock”
- Sirius: Sirius is a binary star system, comprised of two different stars.
- Estrella: Estrella, with the double “L” pronounced as a “Y” sound, is the Spanish word for star.
- Stella: Short for “stellar”, which refers to anything of or from the stars.
Comet Inspired Dog Names
- Comet: Often called “dirty snowballs,” comets are large hunks of rock and ice that orbit the sun.
- Halley: Halley’s comet is one of the most famous comets, and can be seen once every 75 to 76 years.
- Holmes: Holmes was at one point the largest comet in the world.
Astronaut-Themed Dog Names
- Armstrong: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon in the year 1969.
- Buzz: Buzz Lightyear is a famous fictional character, who is a space ranger.
- Galileo: Galileo was a famous astronomer, known as “the father of observational astronomy.”
- Vulcan: Vulcans are a fictional species from Star Trek.
- Spock: Spock is the most famous Vulcan in the Star Trek franchise.
- Atlas: Atlas was known as the Greek God of navigation and astrology, and he was condemned by Zeus to forever hold the sky upon his shoulders.
Space Terminology & Tool Inspired Dog Names
- Apollo: The name of the NASA program that resulted in the first ever moonwalk.
- Rocket: A vehicle designed to take satellites or humans into space.
- Jet: A jet is generally a small aircraft that is powered by small jet engines.
- Phoenix: Phoenix not only refers to a fiery mythical bird, but is also the name of a spacecraft that was sent to Mars.
- NASA: NASA is the name of the famous American space agency that was responsible for placing the first man on the moon in 1969.
- Launchpad: A launchpad refers to the platform from which rockets take off.
Other Space Themed Dog Names
- Aurora: Aurora refers to what is commonly known as the Aurora Borealis — a natural display of the polar lights.
- Astra: Astra refers to astrology.
- Libra: Libra is an astrological sign, in the shape of the balance.
- Nova: Not only is the word Nova a reference to an award winning documentary series, but it is also the word for a new, bright star.
Do you have any other clever ideas for space-themed dog names? Share your picks in the comments!
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