posted on Aug, 31 2004 @ 11:42 PM
There are literally millions of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, conataining billions of planets... We'd run out of names if we tried that anyway.
Personally, I like the way they do it in the 'Star Trek' universe -- the star gets a nice, formal name, then the planets orbiting the star are roman
numeraled in their order of orbiting around it.
For example, the formal name for our star is "Sol"... so, Mercury is Sol I, Venus is Sol II, Earth is Sol III, Mars is Sol IV, etc.
And moons around planets get alphabet letters after it. So, Earth's one moon (whose formal name is Luna), would be Sol IIIa, Mars's two moons,
Phobos and Demios, would be Sol IVa and Sol IVb, and so on...
When we start meeting alien species from other solar systems, we can start altering our tentative star charts to reflect what the aliens call the
objects in their own solar neighborhood.