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Astronomy Cat Names: Names that are Out of This World

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Jeremy Vaughn
Written by Jeremy Vaughn

Astronomy is a fascinating scientific branch that has led to the discovery of unimaginable bodies and objects outside the earth’s atmosphere. Sadly, the truth is that unless you are an astronomer, the closest you are likely going to get to anything out there is through media. However, you can keep what you like about space very close to you by giving your cat one of the many astronomy cat names.

Whenever your cat’s name is mentioned, it should spark something that makes you happy and endears you to him/her even more. That is why we have gone to great lengths to come up with the best astronomy-related names for your cat. Just like human beings and cats, these extra-terrestrial bodies come with qualities and descriptions. Their names carry meanings and inspirations to help you stay true to your cat’s identity.

The findings of astronomy depend on either real objects that have been observed or the analysis of the data that has been collected. The former is referred to as observational astronomy while the latter is known as theoretical astronomy. Whichever makes more sense to you, you are sure to find so many names that you will be spoilt for choice in this article. We also have a portion specially put together for those of you who want to honor famous men and women who have contributed a lot to the field of astronomy.

Cat Names Inspired by Observational Astronomy

black and white cat astronomer with a telescope

Observational astronomy is concerned with recording information on extra-terrestrial objects based on direct observation. If you can tell everything about your kitty by just observing him/her, this is the place to look for a name. Here are several for you to pick from.

  • Albion. This is a minor planet in the Kuiper Belt. Inspired by the ancient name for Britain. The perfect astronomy name for a British cat breed.

  • Black Moon. This term is used to describe an extra or a new moon in a season.

  • Charon. The largest moon of Pluto. It was discovered by American astronomer James Christy. He named the moon after his wife, Charlene. A name for a molly who is close to you.

  • Chasma. Another name for a depression or a canyon on the surface of a celestial body. It has a nice ring to it.

  • Corona. This is Latin for “crown.” It is the bright energy field that surrounds some celestial bodies such as the sun. This name would best suit a cat with a dark coat and a white fur on the paws, ears, tail, and whiskers. If your cat is a tuxedo, do try our other article on tuxedo cat names.

  • Draugr. This is an extrasolar planet in the Virgo constellation. The name was inspired by undead creatures from Norse folktales. This name brings to mind the ‘nine lives’ of cats.

  • Enceladus. A moon of Saturn which could contain extraterrestrial life. It’s named after a Titan from the Greek mythology. The name is a bit of a mouthful, but it would suit a nice exotic molly.

  • Europa. The smallest moon of Jupiter. It has been theorized that it could have an ocean like ours. With this comes the possibility of alien life. Its surface is one of the smoothest in the universe. The name can be given to a Sphynx cat.

  • Gale. This is a crater on the surface of Mars. It’s named after W. F. Gale, the Australian astronomer who discovered it.

  • Gibbous. A name borrowed from the Latin word for “hump.” This is a moon that is illuminated by more than half but less than a full circle. A name for a cat with silvery hair.

  • Helios. Name your cat after the Heliosphere. This is the region in space that is under the influence of the sun. The name is inspired by the Greek god of the sun. This would suit a cat with fiery eyes.

  • Haumea. A minor planet that is named after the Hawaiian goddess of childbirth. The names of its moons, Hiiaka and Namaka, would also make good exotic astronomy names.

  • Kuiper Belt. This is a region in space similar to but bigger than the asteroid belt. This ‘Belt’ contains dwarf planets. It is named after Gerard Kuiper, a famous Dutch-American astronomer. A name for a Dwarf cat.

  • Laika. A name you can borrow from the most famous dog in history—the first animal in space and also the first to orbit the earth. A name for a cat who enjoys the company of dogs, or a cat that belongs to one of these dog-like cat breeds.

  • Mars. The second smallest planet in the solar system. It is among the celestial bodies suspected to harbor alien life. It’s named after the Roman god of war. A name for a cat who won’t shy away from waging ‘war’ over his territory.

  • Nebula. Latin for “cloud or fog.” It is a term used in astronomy to refer to clouds of interstellar dust. A name that would do for a cat with sparkly eyes or a white coat.

  • Sedna. A minor planet named after the Inuit goddess of the sea. This dwarf planet is slowly moving in a region beyond the solar system. A name for a somewhat lazy cat.

  • Star. A bright ball in space that produces massive energy from its core. A name for a cat who has boundless energy.

  • Sunspot. This is a region on the sun’s surface with lower temperatures than average. A dark-coated cat with a bright patch of fur can be given this name.

  • Terminator. This is a line on the surface of a planet that divides daylight from darkness. A strong cat who dominates over others can be a Terminator!

  • Voyager. The name of American space probes that were launched to investigate the outer reaches of the solar system. The name was inspired by ancient Polynesians who used to navigate the seas using rudimentary knowledge. A name for a high-spirited cat.

Cat Names Inspired by Theoretical Astronomy

rebellious gray cat

Theoretical astronomy depends on analyzing data to describe celestial objects and explain astronomical phenomena. This is a great source of names for cats who are mysterious and complex. Take a look at some of the best names available.

  • Ablator. Ablation is the process by which the surface material of a meteorite is melted away upon hitting Earth’s atmosphere. A name that would best fit a cat who enjoys stripping meat off of bones.

  • Antenna. Also known as a radio telescope. This is an instrument used to study celestial objects by the use of radio frequencies. A name for a cat with upright and alert ears.

  • Antimatter. This is matter that has particles of opposite charge from what’s normal. A name for a rebellious cat or one that refuses to be trained.

  • Apogee. The farthest point of the moon’s orbit from earth. This could be a name for a feline who is not friendly or prefers to keep to himself.

  • Apsis. The extreme point in a planet’s orbit.

  • Astro. A name borrowed from astronavigation. This is the practice of using the measurements of celestial bodies’ position to determine one’s position on the surface of the earth. A name for an outdoor feline who always finds his way back home.

  • Axis. An imaginary line that goes through the center of a spinning celestial body.

  • Balmer. The Balmer lines describe the spectral emissions of a hydrogen atom. The name was inspired by Swiss physicist J. J. Balmer who formulated the Balmer formula in 1885.

  • Big Bang. This is a large explosion that happened in space and supposedly created the universe. This is a name that denotes power.

  • Black Hole. This is a region in space with a high concentration of matter. It has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape. A name for a completely black cat. Find many other black cat names here.

  • Bolide. A name of Greek origin which means “missile.” In astronomical studies, it’s a very bright meteor that explodes in the atmosphere. For a cat with a shiny and bright coat.

  • Catena. Latin for “chain.” In astronomy, the term is used to refer to a series of craters on the surface of a celestial body. A name for a cat with a calico coat. Find many other calico cat names here.

  • Chaos. The void or formlessness that existed before the universe’s creation. Chaos is the opposite of Cosmos. These would be appropriate names for a pair of kittens with different personalities.

  • Chondrule. An Ancient Greek name for “grain.” This is a small round grain or particle found in a meteorite.

  • Coma. A name inspired by the Greek word for “hair.” It is the head of a comet. It appears blurry as it passes close to the sun. A name for a cat with fuzzy hair.

  • Continuum. A continuum spectrum is used to determine the power of a star. This is done by measuring its effective temperature.

  • Crux. A point of difficulty or importance while solving a problem. The “heart” of the matter if you like. Such situations are usually faced by astrophysicist as they try to unravel the universe. A name for a difficult or temperamental cat.

  • Curiosity. This is the name given to a space vehicle, also known as a rover, which investigates the surface of Mars. Be prepared for a lot of “curiosity killed the cat” references, though.

  • Drake. This is an equation that seeks to estimate the number of planets with possible alien life. It’s named after Frank Drake who formulated it in 1961.

  • Ejecta. Material that is thrown out or ejected from a stellar collision. A good name for an adopted stray or a feral. Want to know how to tame a feral cat?

  • Ephemeris. Greek for “diary.” It is a table that shows the predicted position of a celestial body at any given time. A name for an instinctual cat.

  • Epoch. The term refers to the coordinate or position of a celestial body at a given time.

  • Faculae. Visible bright patches on the sun’s surface.

  • Globular. Refers to the ball-like shape of most celestial bodies. A name for a well-fed cat who is all “rounded.”

  • Helium. An inert gas that is created by nuclear fusion on the sun’s core. A name for a flighty cat.

  • Jansky. A unit of measurement for spectral flux density. It’s named after Karl Guthe Jansky, an American physicist. A name for an intelligent cat.

  • Jets. Beams of energy emanating from a pulsar. A name for a hot-tempered cat.

  • Kepler. A spacecraft that is surveying the Milky Way for planets outside the solar system. It is named after Johannes Kepler, a notable German astronomer, who is credited with the laws of planetary motions.

  • Light Year. A unit of the distance that light travels in a year. It’s theoretically used in possible interstellar travel. For a fast cat. Also, Buzz Lightyear, anyone?

  • Nadir. A term used in astronomy to refer to a point on a sphere that is directly below the observer. The opposite of this direction or point is the Zenith. The two names would be great for sibling cats.

  • Optics. The study of light focusing on its interaction with other forms of radiation. You now have a name for that cat who loves chasing laser pointer light.

  • Parsec. A measurement used by astronomers to determine distances between celestial bodies.

  • Quark. The smallest unit or particle of matter. This name best suits the smallest kitten in a litter.

  • Russell. A Russell diagram is used by astrophysicists to compare and chart the evolutionary paths of stars. It was developed by American astronomer H. N. Russell and Ejnar Hertzsprung a Danish counterpart.

  • Spectral. This pertains to the different sets of colors constituting a light beam. A name that would suit tortoiseshell cats owing to their multi-colored coat. Check this webpage out for many more tortoiseshell cat names.

  • Sputnik. The name given to a series of Russian spacecraft launched into the earth’s orbit. It is a Russian name that means “a traveler of the earth.”

  • Wormhole. This is a theoretical path through space and time. A name for a cat who seems to appear and disappear mysteriously.

Cat Names Inspired by Scientists Who Have Advanced Astronomy

orange cat scientist with mice

Through work done by astronomers; many discoveries have been made about what lies beyond the universe. This has taken a lot of work and dedication. You can be reminded of your favorite astronomer every time you or anyone else calls the name of your cat. Find the famous men and women below.

  • Airy. Sir George Airy was a British astronomer credited with finding the mean density of the earth. He also did scientific studies on rainbows.

  • Beer. Wilhelm Beer was a German astronomer who prepared the first maps of the moon and Mars.

  • Caroline. The first woman to discover a comet was German astronomer Caroline Herschel.

  • Franz. German astronomer Johann Franz Encke was the first to discover a short-period comet which was later named after him.

  • Halley. British astronomer Edmond Halley predicted that the comet named after him would appear at regular intervals. A name for a keen cat.

  • Oparin. Name your cat after one of the leading biochemists. Alexandar Ivanovich Opari devoted his life to the study of the origin of life.

  • Shapley. Harlow Shapley was an American scientist who estimated the size of the Milky Way with amazing precision.

  • Slipher. Vesto Melvin Slipher was an American astronomer who led the search for a ninth planet. Two craters are named after him—one on mars and the other on earth’s moon. There is also a minor planet named after him.

  • Tycho. Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe observed a supernova which was later named after him.

  • Verrier. French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier predicted the location of Neptune.

  • Wolf. German astronomer Maximilian Wolf discovered many galaxies as well as nebulae.

Wrap Up

white cat watching the sky

Curiosity and fascination with what happens outside the earth’s atmosphere have led to extensive and intensive studies that have improved with time. This is referred to as astronomy.

There is no denying the fact that celestial bodies and processes are fascinating. More intrigue comes in when these bodies are described, and the phenomena explained. It becomes easy to pick up several traits and behavior which can relate to your cat. It is, therefore, no wonder that astronomy-related cat names are so popular.

These names have been drawn from both observational and theoretical astronomy. While the former is all about what can be seen, the latter is about analyzing data to explain objects and events.

They represent anything from appearance, properties, units of measurements, names in different languages, and names of the people who discovered them among others. This makes them more than just names because any choice that you make will definitely be influenced by something.

Did this information help you make a choice? Which name did you choose and why? Do you know any other astronomy names and what they represent? Please share your feedback with us below. We have another article that may seem similar to this one but actually contains a whole new host of astronomy-related cat names: Space Names for Cats.

About the author
Jeremy Vaughn
Jeremy Vaughn

Jeremy Vaughn is a member of Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, who lives in Winnipeg. Creating new looks for cats and other pets is his passion. Jeremy shares his house with the wife and wonderful Siamese cat.

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