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Welcome 'Oron' and 'Rahav' to the solar system

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  • Yigal Levin
    While not specifically biblical, this is certainly interesting: Yigal Levin From the Jerusalem Post Dec 30, 2009 23:54 | Updated Dec 30, 2009 23:58 Welcome
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      While not specifically biblical, this is certainly interesting:



      Yigal Levin







      From the Jerusalem Post

      Dec 30, 2009 23:54 | Updated Dec 30, 2009 23:58


      Welcome 'Oron' and 'Rahav' to the solar system


      By SHARI LIEBLER <mailto:editors@...>
      The Israeli public, tasked with naming the last two unnamed planets in the
      solar system - Uranus and Neptune - have risen to the celestial occasion.

      At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Wednesday, Uranus (associated with
      enlightenment) was branded Oron - which ironically means "small light."
      Neptune (the planet cosmically connected to Pisces) was coined Rahav,
      meaning "ruler of the seas."

      Out of over 100 options, only four names were selected for final
      consideration by astronomers together with representatives of the Hebrew
      Language Academy.

      Harel Ben Ami, among those responsible for the project, said this selection
      process was by no means easy and that it took the committee hours to decide
      from the names nominated.

      Some 1,000 people then participated in the online vote to decide which two
      names, of the four, would be chosen.

      Although the public chose Oron and Rahav, Uranus could have also been called
      Shahak, a name for the skies. So too, Neptune could have been called
      Tarshish which is identified with sea-going vessels in Jewish literature. As
      the planets already have Greek mythological names, Israel will have now
      completed its mission in finishing the job of our ancestors who named the
      other planets. The six planets closest to the sun have Hebrew appellations:
      Mercury is known as Hama; Venus is Noga; Earth is Eretz; Mars, Ma'adim;
      Jupiter, Tzedek; and Saturn is Shabtai.

      The remaining two planets, which were discovered only later, have been
      referred to by their Greek titles until now.

      Ben Ami said he had felt it was time "to give basic names to the stars not
      seen by our forefathers." After his friend Lev Tal Or agreed that it was "a
      good idea," Ben Ami said he "started moving the wheels of this huge wagon."

      The naming was attended by Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew
      University as well as Prof. Moshe Ben Asher, president of the Hebrew
      Language Academy. With other esteemed guests present, the event concluded
      with a viewing of the planets through the telescope of the legendary Albert
      Einstein. The university maintains the Albert Einstein Archives.

      After the final stars were named, Ben Ami said, "We succeeded and it's
      amazing."





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