->''I think I'm going to call it... "Bob."''
-->--Cale, ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE''

So! You've left Earth and [[SettlingTheFrontier settled a new world]]? Good for you! Now comes the part where you name it. You might want to follow the traditions laid down by the settlers before you:

* '''[[NewNeoCity New Something]]''': Take a place on Earth, any place at all. Now add "New" to the beginning. Great! you've named your world! Welcome to New Detroit! Or New Paris! (Or [[AltumVidetur Nova Lutetia]]!) New North Wales! New New South Wales! New New York! Or New New New York! Why bother to be creative when it's so much easier just to steal somewhere else's name, and have TruthInTelevision on your side into the bargain.
* '''Symbolica''': Don't like naming it after places on Earth? No problem. Give it a symbolic name! Name it Eden, or Serenity, or Peace, or something nice sounding. Or you could name it something strong so as to show the universe you're tough. Call it Spartacus or Thor. Just don't name it Hell, 'cause nobody will want to settle there. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Norway Except maybe Norwegians]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_Michigan And Michiganders]].
** If you do choose a symbolic name, be prepared for it to quickly become either heavily ironic, or eerily appropriate. Case in point, don't name anything Icarus, because that myth involves him becoming too proud, flying too close to the sun, then falling to earth and dying as his wings melt. If your floating city or space colony is named this, the fate it meets is likely to be...[[ColonyDrop unpleasant]].
** Similarly, fiction is littered with planets called Hell, Hades, and similar names. They're usually called this for ''very'' good reasons. In many cases the original colonists were not there voluntarily, or didn't know what it was like when they left and couldn't turn back when they arrived (e.g.a GenerationShip or other one-way STL vessel).
* '''Mnemosyne''': Can't think of anything original? Pick something random from mythology! [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is especially popular, but don't overlook the benefits of Egyptian, Norse, or even obscure Babylonian myths as a gold mine for planet names!
* '''XK-37''': Don't like names? Random letters and numbers work well, too.
* '''NumberedHomeworld''': This combines the familiarity of a name, with the laziness of a number. Does the star your planet's in orbit around have a name? If so all you have to do is count how many planets are in your system. On the second planet from the star Polaris? Your planet is now named Polaris 2. Or Polaris II if you prefer Roman numerals.
* '''Starname''': Even better, someone already came up with a name for the star long ago. Let's just [[PlanetEngland call the planet the same thing]], and forget the number. No, that wouldn't be confusing, why do you ask?
* '''{{Egopolis}}''': Just name the planet after yourself! Thousands of years from now your descendants will still be singing your praises every day on [[WesternAnimation/TitanAE Planet Bob]].
* '''Named the Same''': You are feeling ''really'' lazy? Just copy a name from home. Don't bother to change it, they're far enough away from each other not to get confused.
* '''Erehwon''': The old standby, inspired by Samuel Butler's 1872 novel of the same name. The perfect descriptor for that little mudball out in the back of beyond via (nearly) SdrawkcabName.
* '''Planet ShoutOut''': Today's pop culture is the mythology of the future, so why not name your planets after planets in famous science fiction books, movies, and television shows?
* '''Propagandica''': Name your planet after something that will give good PR like Richworld. Alternatively make a name to please the ObstructiveBureaucrat in charge of your salary like Admiralsworld.
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!!See NumberedHomeworld and {{Egopolis}} for examples of planets named that way

!!Examples of "New" Planets

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DCUniverse -- New Genesis, though oddly enough there's no Old Genesis or just plain Genesis. It's always been called New Genesis.
* ''RogueTrooper'' -- Nu Earth.
* Creator/PhilFoglio's ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' has New Hong Kong, whose only law is that there is no law.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'':
** At the end, they name the new planet New Earth. Actually, they just name it "Earth", but people adopt the "new" label for it anyway. (Of course, Cale wanted to call it Planet Bob.) The movie itself presents the planet at the end as "New Earth - (Planet Bob)".
** There is also New UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}, which is a drifter colony (space station) whose population is mostly [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Thai]].
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Characters in ''Film/PitchBlack'' refer to a planet called New Mecca, which is a major location in the sequel ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* There are plenty of "new" planets in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, such as New Berlin and the city of Nouveau Paris on the symbolically named planet of Haven. New Dijon and New Geneva are also examples.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' stories -- New Washington, New Chicago, New Utah, Novi Kossovo, New Scotland and New Ireland (the last two are in the New Caledonia system). Which is at least not so confusing, since the original Washington, Chicago, Kosovo, Scotland, and Ireland, were pretty much wiped out in a nuclear war centuries earlier.
* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' series -- New Betel.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series -- New Earth (AKA Alpha).
* Creator/GordonRDickson's ChildeCycle -- New Earth (around Sirius)
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series -- New Paris, New Riviera.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein -- New Beginnings (''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''), New Canaan (''Literature/TunnelInTheSky''), New Mars (''Starman Jones''), the city of New Finlandia (''Citizen Of The Galaxy'')
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Hainish Cycle'' -- New South Georgia, New Tahiti (AKA Athshe, World 41).
* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'': -- New Earth, New Mekka, New Harmony.
** The New Tiber river on Pacem
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse has New (Alderaan, Apsolon, Bornalex, Cov, Plympto).
* Peter F. Hamilton's ''The Night's Dawn'' trilogy -- New California
** Hamilton puts more thought into this than most. In his world, colonization of most planets is limited to a particular ethnicity ( in order to prevent rioting and culture clashes), and so the naming tends to be based on the ethnicity of the colonists. He also flits between more than one standard. Thus, the planets of Nashville and Yosemite are American-ethnic, Norfolk and Avon are English-ethnic, Kursk is Russian, Oshanko is Japanese, Garissa is Kenyan, and Kulu is...unclear.
* Robert J. Sawyer's ''Starplex'' has Tau Ceti IV and Epsilon Indi III, otherwise known as New Beijing and New New York.
* In the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' books, Earth is at the centre of a galactic union of about 1200 planets, which demonstrate the full range of colony world naming conventions. New Scotland and New Florida are mentioned.
* Creator/HBeamPiper's ''Lone Star Planet'': Capella IV, a.k.a. New Texas.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfSevenSuns'': New Portugal.
* SpiderRobinson in ''Literature/VariableStar'' has Brasil Novo (New Brazil). The native-born Brazilians on the colony ship aren't very happy when other people start calling it "Bravo."
* TheEschatonSeries: The planet of New Muscovy, which includes the land of New Austria and the city of New Prague. There's also Novy Petrograd (New St. Petersburg), the capital of Rochard's World. These are mostly justified, since most of these planet's inhabitants were transported there suddenly.
** The planets of New Dresden and Novy Kurdistan appear in the second book.
* ''Sundowner Sheila'': Terra Nova.
* The novella "With The Bentfin Boomer Boys On Little Old New Alabama" by Richard A. Lupoff, featured the (white) space warriors of New Alabama against the (black) settlers of New Haiti.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' had good old New New York (though as the 15th incarnation, it'd technically be New New New New New New New New New New New New New New New York), on New Earth. Also New Canaan, New Washington, New Alexandria, New Venus, and New Savannah.
* The remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' had New Caprica.
** And the city on New Caprica was called New Caprica City, after Caprica City, the capital of the old Caprica. The colonials were not especially gifted when it came to naming things.
** In the series finale, the remaining survivors manage to find a habitable planet to settle on: [[spoiler: [[TwistEnding the planet Earth.]]]]
* ''Fireball [=XL5=]'' -- New Earth
* New Melbourne and New Canaan in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- New (Earth, France, Gaul, Paris, Berlin, Manhattan, Providence, Reykjavik, Seattle, Sydney, Halana, Sahara, Siberia, Brooklyn IX, Bajor). The first human interstellar colony, Eta Cassiopeia III, was also named Terra Nova.
* Jon Stewart's proposal that "[[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=121648&title=Throw-in-the-Powell I think we might need a new planet]]." Possible names included Pluto II and Stewartitania.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' gave us Novus (literally, [[{{Precursors}} Ancient]] for "new"), settled by [[spoiler: an alternate timeline version of the ''Destiny'' crew]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': New Earth.
* The card game ''Race For The Galaxy'' has a starting planet called New Sparta, and World cards called New Earth and New Vinland.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ah, this is the way it is done in the computer game ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}''. Each civilization has a list of city names, but this list is always far shorter than the maximum number of cities you can possibly have on larger maps, so if you expand a lot, and reach the end of the list, the list would restart except it would put the word "New" in front of it. With 2 exceptions/Easter eggs: Instead of New Tokyo, the name Neo Tokyo is used, and in instead of New Istanbul, the name [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Not Constantinople]] is used. And just in case the "New" list is filled again, the list starts over appending a "-2" ("New York-2") to the city's name, then it starts over with "-3" ("[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Tokyo-3]]"), and so on.
* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Civilization II'', doesn't do "New X" when you use up your base name list, but the Headquarters for [[ChurchMilitant The Lord's Believers]] is New Jerusalem.
* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'': New California.
* New Terra in ''VideoGame/{{Outpost 2}}'', even though it's much more similar to Mars. [[spoiler: It does have one important similarity with ''Old'' Terra in that it gets blown up.]]
* Capital planets in ''{{Freelancer}}''. All other planets don't have new prefixes. (See below).
* The ''Bring Down the Sky'' expansion for ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect]]'' features the planet Terra Nova (Latin: "New Land").
* ''EscapeVelocity'' had a dozen planets named "New" something, most notably New England and New Ireland. Nova also has Neo New York, though that colony has long since been abandoned when the game starts
* "New Gettysburg" in ''StarCraftI'', the big turning-point battle and the beginning of the end of the Confederacy of Man. One wonders why a faction calling itself the Confederacy that uses the Stars and Bars as its flag in a Terran society peppered with DeepSouth stereotypes would name (or not rename) a location named after the real-life counterpart's high-water mark.
* The ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' campaign includes a mission on the prison planet New Folsom, presumably a nod towards the real maximum-security [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom_State_Prison Folsom State Prison]] in California.
* EVEOnline has New Caldari. One wonders what happened to Old Caldari.
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' has planets named New Eridu, New Digdigter, New Arion, and New Ventu, among others. One can only wonder what happened to Old Eridu, Digdigter, Arion, and Ventu.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/ThePentagonWar'' has asteroids named New France and New Mars.
* ''TechInfantry'' has several cases of this, including New Tokyo, New Paris, New Chicago, and New Madrid.
* ''Literature/VoidDogs'' has Nova Hibernia, Nova Caledonia, and Nova Terra (which strangely enough is in the Sol system).
* ''OrionsArm'': New Root, New Gaia, New Mars, Nova Terra (not to be confused with Terranova), New Montana, New Robinson, New Sol, New Daffy, New Vulcan, not to mention all the planets called New Earth.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''TransformersAnimated'': New Kaon.
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!!Examples of Symbolically Named Planets

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DCUniverse -- Harmony
* MarvelUniverse -- Aerie, Mobius
* Sigilverse: Elysia, Erebus, Arcadia, Avalon.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanSteam: The original {{Utopia}} was named because it literally means both "nowhere" (''outopia'') and "good place" (''eutopia'') in Greek.
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series has Hades (nicknamed Hell). It's very aptly named. There is also Haven, which was originally a symbolic name but became far more ironic over time. Hope and Refuge also fit under this trope, as does the planet Torch, specifically named for its symbolic connotations.
** There's also the planet Masada, home to religious zealots, which clearly derived its name from the RealLife Zealots' last stand in the Roman War Against the Jews in 70 A.D..
** Some others: Blackbird, Air, Flax, Lynx, Phoenix, Pontifex, Shuttlesport, Smoking Frog, Basilica, Marsh, Midsummer, Unicorn.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' series -- Terminus, Haven, Gaia[[spoiler:/Galaxia]].
** Roger [=McBride=] Allen's ''Caliban'' trilogy, set in the same universe, ignores the stricture above about calling your planet 'Hell'. It's set on Inferno.
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Forty Thousand in Gehenna'' -- Gehenna
** The ''AllianceUnion'' universe (of which the book is a part) also includes Glory, Thule, Eldorado, Venture, Esperance, Paradise and Fargone.
* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender]]'' series: Path, Hijra, Divine Wind.
* Creator/GordonRDickson's ChildeCycle -- Harmony and Association. Settled by several fundamentalist sects, the names were an attempt to try to ease tensions. It doesn't work. Another example, Newton. An appropriately named world for a technocratic planet.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' series -- Hivehom, Dawn, Willow-Wane, Midworld, Horseye, Longtunnel, Moth, Prism, Comagrave.
* Peter F. Hamilton's ''The Night's Dawn'' trilogy -- Eden, Felicity, Atlantis, Tranquility.
** Hamilton's ''Commonwealth'' Saga had Far Away, a planet [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin far away from commonwealth space]], and Half Way, a planet [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin half way to Far Away]].
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's stories -- Faraway, Sanctuary, Sheol, Inferno, Whistle Stop, Far-Star, Ultima Thule, Heavenly Mountains, Thule, Blessed, Felicity, Landfall.
* Andrey Livadny's ''HistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series -- Paradise
* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories had Wunderland, Hearth, Home, We Made It (with its capital city Crashlanding), Primary, Jinx, Plateau, Cue Ball, Canyon, Down, Sheathclaws, and Silvereyes.
** People from We Made It are referred to as "Crashlanders". See if you can guess why!
** Because of its thick Venus-like atmosphere, Plateau is uninhabitable apart from a single mountain, 40 kilometres high, with the colony huddled on its flat top. That is obviously how the planet got its name, but the mountain itself is named for the remark by the captain of the first colony ship when he spotted it, after cruising around for hours looking for a landing site: Mount Lookitthat.
** Canyon used to be named Warhead, until the military base there got taken out by [[WaveMotionGun The Wunderland Peacemaker]], and is now named after its new geographic feature, a giant canyon roughly the size of Baja California.
* [=NowWhat=] and its capital [=OhWell=] from ''Literature/MostlyHarmless''.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' series has the likes of Covenant, Haven, Arrarat, Friedland, Tabletop, and Xanadu.
* Creator/PhilipKDick's ''The Unteleported Man'': Whale's Mouth.
** Paul J. [=McAuley=]'s ''In The Mouth Of The Whale'' also had a planet called Whale's Mouth. Both of these are a reference to the location of Fomalhaut in the constellation Piscis Austrinus.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds's ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' stories have lots of these : Diadem, Sky's Edge, Haven, Grand Teton, Spindrift, Turqoise, Resurgam ("resurgent/re-emergeant").
* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' : Renaissance Vector, Mare Infinitus, Garden, God's Grove, Nordholm, Heaven's Gate, Whirl, Madre De Dios, Esperance, Sibiatu's Bitterness (a.k.a. Inevitable Grace), Nevermore (which is apparently in perpetual twilight)
* [[Creator/StrugatskyBrothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's]] NoonUniverse series had Ark, Hope, Pandora and Rainbow.
* In ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'''s United Worlds of Earth, the older colony worlds were given 'cheesy' names like Hope, Inspiration and Horizon.
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' Rigel Concourse -- Barleycorn, Chrysanthe, Elfland, Goshen, Hardacres, Image, Lyonesse, Nowhere, Somewhere, Tantamount, Unicorn, Xion, Ys.
** Vance's novel ''Big Planet'' had the titular (not very imaginatively named) planet.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse -- Bastion, Despayre (prison planet), Foundry, Necropolis.
* ''Rocheworld'' series: The titular "world" is a pair of planets called Roche (meaning Rock) and Eau (Water). One of the sequels([[{{Sequelitis}} itis]]) involves the planet Gargantua.
* In Tanya Huff's Confederation novels, the main character grew up on a colony called Paradise.
* The protagonist of Eric Nylund's ''Literature/AGameOfUniverse'' grew up on the mining colony Hades. It's well named.
* The Franchise/{{Halo}} universe features a number of symbolic planet names, the most prominent being Reach (the first extrasolar human colony) and Harvest (an extremely fertile agricultural colony). Others include Tribute, Circumstance, Tantalus, Threshold, Basis, and Onyx. Also pretty much any Covenant colony such as Weeping Shadows of Sorrow, the prison planet. Listed here because these planets are featured more prominently in the Halo novels than Halo games.
* HalClement's stories: Tenebra, Enigma 88.
* Charles Sheffield's Heritage Universe: Opal, Quake, Plesureworld, Iceworld, Deadworld, Sentinel Gate.
* ''The Saga Of Seven Suns'': Corvus Landing, Palisade, Rendezvous, Hurricane Depot, Sunshine, Happiness.
* AnneMcCaffrey's ''Catteni Series'': Botany.
* Not the name of one planet, but of towns in recolonized Earth, in the ''{{Xenogenesis}}'' series, it's remarked that quite a large number of new settlements are named "Phoenix" because everyone thought it would be symbolic and original.
* The short story [[http://theopinionguy.com/OG25.pdf "Assumption" (scroll down)]] by Desmond Warzel makes brief reference to a planet named Gehenna.
* The planet ''Hellspark'', in Creator/JanetKagan's book by the same name, is purposely spelled as one word, specifically to cause ambiguity on how it's to be pronounced: Either "Hell Spark" or "Hell's Park". It was originally settled by linguists, according to the planet's popular history.
* Greg Bear's ''Hegira''.
* In ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'', two of humans' first extrasolar colonies were named [=NuDawn=] and Atlast. (After making contact with Galactic Civilization and acquiring later planets ''legally'', humans tend to use the names aliens had already given them.)
* ''Dragon's Egg'': The title refers to a Neutron Star, so named because it first appeared beneath Draco, as if the constellation had laid an egg.
* The novel ''Furthest'' is set on a planet of the same name, which literally is the furthest from...pretty much anywhere.
* In ''The Cunning Blood'', Zeta Tucanae I and II were nicknamed Longshadow and Hell, respectively.
* ''Space Prison'': Ragnarok.
* The ''Gaea'' trilogy: Gaea.
* The Polish novel ''Cylindra Van Troffa'' had Filia (Daughter).
* ''Forever Free'', the sequel to ''TheForeverWar'', has the planet Middle Finger. Whoever named that one had an weird sense of humour.
* All three of the extrasolar colonies visited in the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series use this version for their local names. (Their navigation names fall under NumberedHomeworld instead.
** Eta Bo÷tis IV's local name "Al Haris al Sama" means "Guardian of Heaven" in Arabic.
** 70 Ophiuchi is orbited by a garden world named Osiris, after the [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian deity]].
** 36 Ophiuchi A is orbited by a proto-garden world dubbed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arianrhod Arianrhod]] after a figure from [[Myth/CelticMythology Welsh Mythology]], specifically the ''Literature/{{Mabinogion}}''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Andromeda'' -- Acheron, Halcyon, Serendipity
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' -- Destiny, Goth, Horizon, Albion, Obsidian, Teal, Spaceworld, Freedom City, Space City, Ultraworld, Terminal, Star One.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' universe -- Anathema, Arcadia, Heaven, Hell, Eden, Oblivion, Sheol.
* ''Fireball [=XL5=]'' does this by way of [[PunnyName puns]]: Amazonia, Aridan, Conva, Granatoid, Herbos, Magneton, Minerra, Platonia, and Triad.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' -- Haven, Shadow, Hope, Angel, Beaumonde, Lilac, Triumph, Whitefall, Greenleaf, Harvest, Highgate, Newhall, Silverhold, Three Hills, Verbena, and -- of course -- Serenity
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- Babel, Eden, Gaia, Genesis, Gideon, Haven, Hell, Parliament, Tantalus, Ultima Thule.
* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': Anvil.
* The [[GenerationShips colony ship]] in ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' was named Terra Venture.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': No one has any idea in what universe it was a good idea to name a planet [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Armageddon]]. No matter [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] has been fighting so many wars against Orks on this planet that Armageddon has come to mean paradise in the Ork language. It doesn't help that the current war was caused by the schemings of [[TheChessmaster Eldrad Ulthran]] -- a [[RecycledInSpace space elf]] with the ability to see the future.
* ''[[TwentyThreeHundredAD 2300 AD]]'': Sheol, Limbes ("Limbo" in French).
* ''{{Rifts}}'' had Wormwood (in a parallel universe).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the factions in ''VideoGame/{{Outpost 2}}'' named their colony Eden. The other, breakaway faction decided on the equally symbolic but more down-to-earth "Plymouth". [[spoiler: Both these names end up being quite appropriate in their own ways, as the single-player campaign ends with the player's faction being forced off the planet in a spaceship. Especially "Eden", given that it was their faction who got everyone into this mess when their {{terraforming}} technology went GreyGoo and ultimately destroyed the planet.]]
* The intro mission in the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes place on a colony planet named Eden Prime.
** Come to that, Eden Prime is in the Utopia system, and all the planets of that system have some sort of symbolism to them (i.e., Arcadia, Eden Prime, Zion, Nirvana, and Xanadu).
* The [[GameMaker RPGmaker]] game ''A Blurred Line'' gives us Paradise.
* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'': Eden, Discovery, Merlin.
* ''StarControl II'': Gaia.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'''s Michtam was formerly named Abraxas, which is a representation of the driving force of individuation, which is of thematic importance to the plot.
* Most base names in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' have some connection to the faction's ideology (and if they were founded as a land-base or a sea-base):
** [[GreenThumb Gaian]] bases mostly have suitably environmental names, like "Velvetgrass Point" and "Song of Planet."
** [[TheSpartanWay Spartan]] bases generally have names that would do the NRA and Creator/RobertAHeinlein proud: Fort Liberty, Commander's Keep, and Blast Rifle Crag being among the more memorable.
** The [[ChurchMilitant Believers]] tend to have names with a definite [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] ring to them: besides New Jerusalem (the Headquarters), there's Far Zion, Sanctity Base, He Walked On Water, Loaves and Fishes...
** The [[MadScientist University]], by contrast, has names that often sound like research installations (often dual Russian and English) or university departments: Bibliotyek Letters, Bibliotyek Science, Gagarin Memorial, Zarya Sunrise (after the Russian module of the ISS!), Oceanographic Lab...
** The [[MegaCorp Morganites]] name their bases like corporate subsidiaries: Morgan Industries, Morgan Robotics, Morgan Cybernetics (I think), Morgan Transport, Morgan Bank, Morgan Collections, Morgan Hydrochemical...
** The [[LawfulGood Peacekeepers]], who regard themselves as the continuation of the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations mandate to settle Planet, also have a theme in that everything is "UN [Something Human Rightsy/Bureaucratic]," like UN Equality Village.
** [[DirtyCommunists Hive]] bases all have names that seem to be pulled out of a strange mishmash of Mao's China (not just RedChina, but Mao's specifically), [[UsefulNotes/{{Taoism}} Taoist]] philosophy, Creator/FriedrichNietzsche, and ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''. Great Collective, Huddling of the People, Fecundity Tower (yeah...), Sea Collective, and, of course, The Hive.
** This continues in the ExpansionPack with the new factions:
*** The [[{{Cyborg}} Cybernetic Consciousness]] names bases with the "[Greek letter] [some other word]" template (e.g. Alpha Prime, Delta Trench, Omicron Quadrangle).
*** The Free Drones name their bases after the ideas of liberation and worker equality (e.g. Free Drone Central, Worker's Paradise, Chainlink Break).
*** The [[{{Pirate}} Nautilus Pirates]], naturally, use nautical names for both land and sea bases (being a sea-based faction, they have more sea base names than others). Examples: Deadman Tavern, Landlubber Inn, Safe Haven, Cutlass Cay, Port Svensgaard.
*** The Cult of Planet are another religious faction (except non-Christian), and their base names reflect that: Dawn of Planet, Seers of Chiron, Planetvision Gate, Ark of the Edicts.
*** The [[TheCracker Data]] [[PlayfulHacker Angels]] have, for the most part, CyberPunk-related base names: Data [=DeCentral=], [[WilliamGibson Gibson]] Base, Trojan Source, Stack Heap, [[Film/BladeRunner Tears in Rain]].
*** The Planetary Caretakers, being aliens, have strange-sounding names that, nevertheless, carry their point of keeping Planet from Transcending in memor of their destroyed homeworld (e.g. Tau Ceti Memory, Hymn : Modulation, Adapt to Live, Home : Hearth.
*** The Planetary Usurpers are the other side of the coin, being warriors by nature they have appropriate base names (e.g. Courage : To Question, Strafing Run, Tusk and Claw, Salt : Wound, Tau Ceti Mantle).
* ''EscapeVelocity: Nova'': Nirvana, Gem, Snowmelt, Diva.
* ''Silicon Dreams'': The ''Snowball 9'' was travelling the the planet Eden.
* ''Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri'': [=NewHope=].
* ''Pirate Galaxy'': Axiom.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}''. The artefact that proves that the planet's population are descended from AncientAstronauts has a star-map etched on it, with their language's word for "home" (Hiigara) above a particular set of coordinates. Whether this is what their ancestors actually called it when they lived there is never stated outright, but the name "Hiigara" sticks.
** The manual for ''Homeworld II'' implies that this was indeed the name of the planet.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TechInfantry'' has Avalon, a paradise of a planet thanks to liberal application of Life Magic, and the new capital of the Earth Federation after Earth itself is destroyed.
* ''OrionsArm'': Twilight, Pacifica, Arcadia, Fons Luminis, Silence, Halcyon, Atlantis, Ecotopia, Felicidade, Trees, Newlife, Newhope, Root, Metropolis.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has had many that also count as {{Punny Name}}s: Athenia, Beest, Combatron, Dread, Eurythma, Gigantion, Goo, Greengard, Hive, Hub, Junk, Master, Methuselah, Micro, Monacus, Paradise, Vehicon, Velocitron, Wednesday.
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!!Examples of Mythology Named Planets

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DCUniverse: Argo, Scylla.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Polyphemus and its moon Pandora.
* ''Earth*Star Voyager'': Demeter.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series is full of Mnemosyne names like Manticore, Sphinx, Medusa, Hades (nicknamed Hell, see symbolic names), and Gryphon. There's also Beowulf and Grendelsbane.
** Some other mythological names include Asgard, Durandel, and Enki.
* Joan D. Vinge's ''The Snow Queen'' -- Tiamat
* Creator/GordonRDickson's ChildeCycle -- Mara, named after the Buddhist equivalent of Satan. In-universe, the name was a holdover from when the Exotics were the Chantry Guild, specifically occultists. Possibly Zombri, which is close enough to "Zombie".
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's stories: Elysia, Mithra, Tangaroa, Hespera, Hekate, Valhalla.
* Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' has Fafnir and Kobold.
* MadeleineLEngle's ''AWrinkleInTime'' -- Camazotz, Uriel
* Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Fire Time'' -- Ishtar and its triple suns Anu, Bel, and Ea.
** ''Harvest Of Stars'', by the same author, has Demeter.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'': Krishna.
* AlanDeanFoster's ''HumanxCommonwealth'' has Annubis (sic).
* TheNightsDawnTrilogy has Perseus, Romulus, Remus, and Pallas.
* ''Terran Trade Authority'': Procyon II, also named Sisyphus.
* Another ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' example is the planet Hyperion itself. Also one of its cities, Endymion. Plus, during the last book, several Ouster colonies are given symbolic names by the Pax for the seven deadly sins: Belphegor (sloth), Leviathon (envy), Beelzebub (gluttony), Satan (anger), Asmodeus (lechery), Mammon (avarice) and Lucifer (pride).
** Lusus, Ixion, and Parvati are also examples.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' series includes examples such as Zion, Ararat, Golgota, (Biblical), Fand (Celtic mythology), Roc (giant bird from Persian mythology), Hades, Cerberus (Greek mythology), Hela, Haldora (Norse mythology).
* The ''Heorot'' trilogy: Tau Ceti IV, a.k.a. Avalon.
* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender]]'' series: Eros.
* LSpragueDeCamp's ''Viagens Inerplanetarias'' uses this, ThemeNaming different systems with different mythologies: Tau Ceti has Krishna, Vishnu, and Ganesha (Hindu), Procyon has Osiris, Isis, and Thoth (Egyptian), Epsilon Eridani has Kulkulkan (Maya).
* Creator/HBeamPiper's Terro-Human Future History went this route, (Uller, Niflheim, and Zarathustra being some of the most noticable) reserving Greek and Roman names for the Solar System. Then they gave up on it because they were running out of names.
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' -- Jezebel.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series -- most of the original Spacer worlds. Aurora (originally New Earth) and Melpomenia are two we get to visit.
* ''Saga Of The Seven Suns'': Charybdis.
* Piers Anthony's ''Chthon'': The titular planet.
* The collaborative world-building project set on the planet Medea.
* The ''Minerva'' series had the titular planet, now known as [[spoiler:the Asteroid Belt]].
* ''Deucalion'' had the titular planet Deucalion, while its capital New Geneva is an example of New Something naming.
* ''Singularity'': Bifrost and Heimdall.
* ''Star Corps'': Marduk and its moon Ishtar.
* Harry Turtledove's ''A World Of Difference'' had the planet Minerva, replacing Mars in that universe.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Andromeda'' -- Tartarus, Hephaestus
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' universe -- Olympus
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Osiris, Ezra, Persephone, Bellorophon, Ares, Sihnon, Hera[[note]]That's the planet Serenity Valley was located on, incidentally.[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Romulus (and its brother planet Remus), Qo'noS (transliterated to Kronos in English) & Vulcan.
* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': Vesta, Tellus, Ixion.
* ''Star Maidens'': Medusa.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* In {{Traveller}} most of the planets of the Sword Worlds are named after swords. Some mythological and some from the works of Creator/JRRTolkien as Sword Worlders hold him in awe.
* ''[[TwentyThreeHundredAD 2300 AD]]'' has Moiroi, and it's moons Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos.
* ''FightingFantasy'': Titan.
* ''Blue Planet'' had Lambda Serpentis II, named Poseidon.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': Prometheus and Pandora. The {{MegaCorp}}s on Pandora seem to follow the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Titan]] theme naming, like Atlas and Hyperion.
* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'': The planet is officially named Chiron, after a centaur in Greek mythology (namely, one of only two good ones). In practice, everyone simply calls it Planet.
** Various other celestial bodies in the Alpha Centauri system are also given names related to Greek centaurs and their complex relationship with [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Hercules]].
*** The two moons of Chiron/Planet are named Pholus and Nessus. Pholus was the other good centaur, and had been one of Hercules' teachers. Nessus was a typical dumb, violent brute of a centaur who tried to rape Hercules' wife Deianira; Hercules kills him, but he tricks Deianira into putting his blood on to Hercules' shirt, and the blood kills him.
*** The only other planet in the Alpha Centauri A system, a little-mentioned Mercury-like rock, is named Eurytion, a centaur who forced King Dexamenus to give one of his daughters (Mnesimache or Deianira, depending on the myth) to him in marriage, and was killed by Hercules for his trouble.
*** For reasons that should be obvious from the above, Alpha Centauri B gets the name Hercules. Also, did we mention that Hercules accidentally killed the mythological Chiron? ''And'', indirectly, the mythological Pholus--with one arrow?[[note]]According to most myths, Hercules was hunting the nigh-unkillable Erythmian Boar using arrows coated in the viciously poisonous blood of the Hydra, and accidentally grazed Chiron. Since Chiron was immortal, he was merely put in such immense pain that he begged the gods to allow him to die. Pholus then either [[IdiotBall stupidly picked up the arrowhead]] to marvel at its ability to kill so great and strong a one as Chiron, or accidentally pricked himself with the arrow while preparing Chiron's body for burial.[[/note]] And that Alpha Centauri B's perihelions (in the game) are responsible for significant climate changes that result in Mind Worms attacking your bases even more ferociously than usual?
** Finally, the "Map of Planet" (the canonical "standard" map) features landmarks named mostly after Greek mythological figures: the Isle of Dexamenus, the Isle of Deianira, the Sea of Mnesimache, the Pholus Ridge, Eurytion Bay, the Straits of Endymion....
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has the planet Ariadne, named after the mythical princess of Crete. There is also Michtam, presumably named for the psalms. Finally, there is the asteroid Pleroma.
* ''Alien Legacy'': Gaea.
* ''TerminalVelocity'': Ymir.
* ''Planet Calypso''
* The flash game ''Colony'' is set on Minerva, the first human interstellar colony, a.k.a. Space Australia.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/ArtemisNeo'' has the planet Artemis, named after the Greek Goddess.
* ''TechInfantry'' has Hrothgar, after a character in Beowulf; Avalon, after a location in Arthurian Myth, and Enoch and Babylon, named for places in Literature/TheBible.
* ''OrionsArm'': Dionysus, Nessus, Daedelus, Deucalion, Vulcan, Gaia, Zarathustra, Diwali, Ain Soph Aur.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Gaea, J÷rmungandr, Hyperion.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The names of most of the bodies in our solar system, such as Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Io, Europa, Titan, Ceres, Eris...
* A certain asteroid that has a relatively high chance of hitting Earth sometime in the near future (meaning not ''that'' high of a chance, just higher than usual for an asteroid) is named Apophis. Subverted: although apt mythologically (seeing as Apophis in Egyptian myth was the evil snake who kept trying to eat Ra[=/=]TheSun every night), the astronomer who discovered it was definitely thinking of the evil Goa'uld Apophis from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* The extrasolar gas giant HD 209458 b has been unofficially named Osiris.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Saturn's largest moon Titan]], having a rich array of geological (Titanological?) features recently discovered, has a few of these:
** ''Maria''--large hydrocarbon seas--are named after mythological sea creatures/sea monsters. There are three of them: Kraken Mare (after, um, the Kraken), Ligea Mare (after one of the Sirens of Myth/ClassicalMythology), and Punga Mare (after Punga, the ancestor of [[ThreateningShark sharks]] in [[UsefulNotes/NewZealand Maori]] mythology).
** ''Fluminae''--hydrocarbon rivers--are named after mythological rivers (e.g. Celadon Flumina, after the river in the ''Iliad'', and Elivagar Flumina, after a group of ice rivers in Norse myth).
** Albedo features--areas darker or lighter than surrounding terrain--are named after various paradises in mythology.
** Several different kinds of features are named after deities of happiness; craters and "large ringed features" are named after deities of wisdom; ''virgae'' (large colored features) are named after rain gods; and ''fluctus''es (flow features) are named after deities of beauty.
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!!Examples of Numbers And Letters Planets

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* DCUniverse -- 1417.196.E, J586
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[[folder:Film]]
* [=LV426=] in ''Film/{{Alien}}'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** Which is of course renamed Acheron in ''Aliens'', a reference to the mythological river of the underworld.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' -- [=NGCes=] 2629-4BIV
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse -- M2398, M4-78
* No numbers, but [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Pern]] started out as an acronym for "Parallel Earth, Resources Negligible". The later colonists just get lazy and call it by the acronym. The ensuing end of the world prompts everyone to forget the origins of the name.
* The ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has Beta Colony, and Orient IV.
* [=HR8832/B=] and [=UMa47/E=] from ''Literature/BlindLake''.
* In Antoine de Saint-ExupÚry's ''Le Petit Prince'' ("Literature/TheLittlePrince"), the title character lives on asteroid B612.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' -- S14, UX-4732
* ''Earth 2'' -- G889
* Andros of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' hails from KO-35.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' - P number letter-(118, 234, 382, 513, 729, 774, 797, 866, 888, 974, 989, 1279, 7763, 8596, etc.)
** [[Series/StargateAtlantis Pegasus Galaxy planets]] start with M instead of P.
** Although in both cases planets with an actual civilization on them will often have a more normal name as well (Chu'lak, Tollana, Abydos, Asuras, etc). Once it's known by the SGC or Atlantis, this name usually replaces the alphanumeric registry code.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' -- AR-558, L374, M-113, [=MS1=], MZV
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''{{Metroid}}'' series Samus grew up on K-2L and [=SR388=] is the Metroid home planet.
* ''AlienVsPredator 2'' -- LV-1201
* In ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', when your Faction runs out of base names, you start on a list going Alpha Sector, Beta Sector, Gamma Sector, etc., through the Greek alphabet.
* Systems in 0.0 space in ''EVE Online'' have numeric names like [=B-VIP9=]. Some of the constellations and regions also have numeric names.
* The ''EscapeVelocity'' series features a number of these, usually assigned to uninhabited and/or inhospitable worlds. ''EV Nova'' often uses the format "UHP-####", where UHP stands for '''[[FunWithAcronyms U]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms nin]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms h]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms abited]] '''[[FunWithAcronyms P]]'''[[FunWithAcronyms lanet]].
** If a planet is settled later on, the name changes. UHP-1002 was renamed "Nirvana" when it was settled, after the company that {{terraform}}ed it.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TechInfantry'' has this scheme for newly-discovered planets, but once they get colonized and settled, places named things like "H4" get renamed things like "New Madrid".
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Every star has anywhere from one to a dozen different referents depending on the number of catalogs it is recorded in, with each catalog having its own nomenclature. It can be the number of the star in the order it was discovered/examined, or a positional code. Most of the moons of the gas giants in our own system also fit this trope. Jupiter alone has 63 moons, the smaller ones only have a Roman numeral. A great many asteroids are also only known by a catalog number.
* Since we started discovering them in 1995, extrasolar planets are typically given the name of the star they orbit followed by a ''lower-case'' letter, starting with "b" and going in the order that the planets were discovered. The star Gliese 581, for example, has planets named Gliese 581b, Gliese 581c, and Gliese 581d.
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!!Examples of Planets Named After the Star

[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* ''UFORoboGrendizer'': Vega.
* ''Aquarion Evol'': Vega and Altair.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''Monty'': One of the characters is an alien who claims to be from the planet Rigel.
* ''Antares'' is set on a planet of the same name, orbiting the star of the same name.
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[[folder:Film]]
* According to ExpandedUniverse materials, this is common in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' universe. Of the planets featured in the movies, Alderaan, Bespin, Coruscant, Hoth, Kamino, Kashyyyk, Naboo, Utapau, and Yavin share names with their star. (Others, like Tatooine, are close.)
** Numbers are also attached to planets, to make it it clear ''which'' planet is being referenced (Yavin IV).
* ''{{Spaceballs}}'' visits "the Moon Of Vega", although this being ''Spaceballs'' it's not supposed to make sense.
* ''Moon Pilot'' had an alien from the planet Beta Lyrae.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, the mythology inspired planet Manticore is located in the star system of Manticore.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' mentions a planet called Bela Tegeuse, which may be a corruption of Betelgeuse.
* The ''{{Halo}}'' expanded universe has the planet Algolis orbiting, you guessed it, Algol.
* In AnneMcCaffrey's [[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talent series]], the planet Deneb circles the star Deneb.
** ''The Rowan'', by the same author, has the planet Altair.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series -- Rigel, Gaia, Sayshell, [[spoiler:Alpha]].
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Citizen Of The Galaxy'' has Proxima.
* The Weintraub family from the ''HyperionCantos'' hails from Barnard's World. No prizes for guessing which star it orbits.
** There's also Tau Ceti Center, the capital of the [[HegemonicEmpire Hegemony]].
* In the ''AllianceUnion'' universe, most Stations are named after the stars they orbit: Alpha Centauri, Barnard's, Kapteyn, Kruger 60, GRM 34, 82 Eridani, 40 Eridani, Beta Cassiopeia, etc.
* One of JackVance's ''Dying Earth'' stories references Sadal Suud (from Sadalsuud, now more commonly known as Beta Aquarii).
** ''Space Opera'' had Sirius Planet.
* Creator/CordwainerSmith's ''On The Sand Planet'' has Misser, which is probably a corruption of Mizar. "Misr" is also Arabic for Egypt, which the planet's climate and culture parallels.
* ''Andromeda: A Space Age Tale'': 61 Cygni.
* ''Non-Stop'': Procyon.
* ''Stargonauts'' has Algol.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': Alpha Centauri, Regulus, Aldebaran Colony, Vega Colony.
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Tin Man", Harlan refers to his homeworld as "Altair".
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Cygnus Alpha.
* ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'': Vega.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''[[TwentyThreeHundredAD 2300 AD]]'': The planet Beta Canum. Also the Station Arcture, which orbits Arcturus.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has Epsilon Eridani.
* In the card game ''Race For The Galaxy'', two of the starting worlds are simply named Alpha Centauri and Epsilon Eridani.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'': The Antarans come from the planet Antares.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Arcturus Station, capital of the Systems Alliance.
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} II'' was set on the planet Zeta Aquilae.
* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace'' has Enif Station.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam'' has planet Sirius.
* ''Starflight'': Procya orbits Procyon, as if you couldn't guess.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TechInfantry'' has several cases of this, including Alpha Centauri, Wilke's Star, Jennifer's Star, and most of the rest of the planets, really, since if the planet isn't named for the star, the star is probably named for the principal inhabited planet.
* ''OrionsArm'': Caph.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is the official astronomical policy for naming extrasolar planets: the name of the star, followed by a lowercase Latin letter in order of discovery. Since most stars have number-soup names like HR 8799, the results also fall under the previous category. Those few that don't include 51 Pegasi b and Tau Bo÷tis b.
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!!Examples of Planets Named for Actual Places

[[folder:Film]]
* Spoofed in the Spanish movie ''[[AccionMutante Acciˇn Mutante]]'' with the miner planet Axturias. In RealLife, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asturias Asturias]] is a region of the northwest of Spain
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Again, the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series has an example with the planet Montana. Which is also a PlanetOfHats who act like stereotypical Montanans. There's also Casimir, Congo, Prague, San Martin, Zulu, Dresden, and Zanzibar.
* Returning to ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'', the planet Damogran had islands named Easter Island and France. They were lampshaded by Creator/DouglasAdams by mentioning that in Galacticspeke, "easter" means flat, small, and light-brown, which Easter Island was; the name France, while not explained what it meant, was also an entirely meaningless coincidence, since one of the side effects of working on the Improbability-powered starship Heart Of Gold, which they were building on France, is a whole string of entirely meaningless coincidences.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' series: Frystaat, High Cathay, High Shanghai, Danube, Deigo, Santiago, Domingo, Dalarna, Makassar, Levant, Meiji, Zanj, and, last but not least, Sparta.
* In the short story [[http://abyssandapex.com/201004-black.html "The Black Sheep of Vaerlosi"]] by Desmond Warzel, the name of the titular planet is, according to WordOfGod, a corruption of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaerlose VŠrl°se]] (a small Danish town), used for no particular reason except that the author liked the sound.
* Michael Moorcock's ''The Black Corridor'': Munich 15040.
* Dan Simmons' ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' has a lot of these, since the series is essentially about humanity becoming stagnant despite moving to the stars: Maui-Covenant has mobile islands and intelligent dolphins, Tsingtao-Hsishuang Panna is populated mainly by Chinese and famed for its food, T'ien Shan is full of Chinese Buddhist temples, Fuji has its samurai businessmen, Hebron is the site of New Jerusalem, Qom-Riyadh has a Muslim population, Madhya is presumably Indian, etc.
* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender]]'' series: Lusitania, Trondheim, Pacifica, Ganges, Moskva, Albion, Zanzibar.
* Gordon R. Dickson's ''ChildeCycle'': Ste. Marie, Freiland, Oriente.
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' -- Madagascar, Raratonga, Walpurgis.
* ''Adaptation'': Genoa and Texcoco.
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' universe: Yellowstone.
* ''ThousandCultures'': Hedon.
* TheEschatonSeries: The planet of Moscow.
* ''Encounter With Tiber'': The titular planet Tiber.
* ''Empire Star'': Tyre.
* In one of the least imaginative examples of this ever, the ''Iota Cycle'' has Iota Horologii orbited by Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, America, and Antarctica.
* A variation in MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, where an Earth-like world found and settled by humans is named Gondwana after an ancient Earth supercontinent (the southern one). Basically, it's named after a place that ''used to be'' real.
** Deliberately done in Akhmanov's ''Dick Simon'' duology where the various Earth nations, after the discovery of the Ramp, moved whole cities to newly-discovered habitable worlds, leaving Earth covered in enormous craters. Interestingly, when the US, Canada, UK, and Japan chose to move to the same world, they named their new planet Columbia in honor of ChristopherColumbus, figuring he was there before Amerigo Vespucci. European nations call their new planet Europe and even named the four continents after old names for European places: Gallia (French), Iberia (Spanish), Teutonia (German), and Slavenia (Ukrainian, Czechs, and Poles). Russia moves to Russia, along with Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, India, and a dozen others. Most Asian nations went to China. Rich South American countries (including Brasil, Peru, and Argentina) went to Southmerica. The rest of the Latin American nations were sent to the less hospitable Latmerica, which continues to be the hotbed for wars and coups. Black-skinned Africans, and a few African-Americans forming the nation of New Alabama, went to a world they called Black Africa. Muslim countries split into three worlds: Ul-Islam (dominated by Iran), Allahu Akbar (mostly Arabs), and Seljukia (dominated by Turkey and Pakistan). Many other worlds were settled by smaller groups seeking independence: Manitou and Amazonia (Native Americans), Himalayas, Monaco, Kurdistan, Vasconia, Sicily-2, New Ireland, Tahiti, Singapore. And those are just the more important worlds, including the unimaginatively-named planets Galactic University (center of academic learning) and Firing Range (SpacePolice HQ). Overall, there are about 500 planets where humans are present, including a few worlds with natives, all by the end of the 21st century. Unsurprisingly, the most unstable worlds are Latmerica, Black Africa, Ul-Islam, and Allahu Akbar. All settled planets have Ramp stations, forming a PortalNetwork of sorts. The only planets that don't are prison worlds, [[LandfillBeyondTheStars garbage worlds]], and [[EarthThatWas Old Earth]] (cut off from the Ramp near the end of the Exodus).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has the planet Galena, which started out as a mining colony, switched to agriculture when the mines petered out, then to tourism when agriculture turned out to be not particularly profitable. This is also a capsule history of the town of Galena, Illinois.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has Londinium (the Roman name for London), Penglai, Aberdeen, Deadwood, Jiangyin, Regina, St. Albans, Athens, Kerry, Salisbury, and Whittier.
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[[folder:TapletopGames]]
* ''[[TwentyThreeHundredAD 2300 AD]]'' has Tau Ceti II and Epsilon Eridani II, otherwise known as Kwantung and Dukou, respectively. Also, TiranŰ and Monta˝a.
** The city of Nuevo Angeles on Kwantung is an example of New Something naming.
* ''FTL: 2448'' has America.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''{{Freelancer}}'' they drop the 'new' for most systems; they have names like Pittsburgh, Houston, Leeds, etc. Most of the capitals are the exceptions; they're named New Tokyo, New London, New Berlin, and [[OddNameOut Manhattan]].
** Though Manhattan is in the New York system.
** Presumably, the capitals were the ones settled first (the hulks of the {{Sleeper Starship}}s make up memorable skyscrapers on those worlds). After that, it would make sense that colonists far away from Earth wouldn't much care about adding "new" to all names.
* One of the factions in ''VideoGame/{{Outpost 2}}'' named their colony Plymouth.
* Arcadia colony appears in ''Franchise/{{Halo}} Wars''. Arcadia would also appear in a list of Provinces in Greece.
** A planet called Dwarka (after the city in India) appears in ''The Cole Protocol''.
* A large number of planets and systems in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are named after locations on Earth. Each cluster usually follows a pattern. The Artemis Tau cluster, for instance, has the Athens, Sparta, Knossos, and Macedon systems. The Maroon Sea has Caspian, Matano, and Vostok (lakes). The Voyager Cluster has Columbia, Yangtze, and Amazon (rivers).
* A few of these show up in ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''; the only one you're terribly likely to see, however, is the University base Baikonur, named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baikonur_Cosmodrome Baikonur Cosmodrome]] in Kazakhstan. I suppose that's just what you get when you literally put a rocket scientist in charge of a faction.
* ''EscapeVelocity: Nova'' has Las Vegas.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''TechInfantry'' has New Madrid, which in-universe is an example of "New Planet" naming as above. But the real reason it was named that was that the Midwestern people who wrote ''Tech Infantry'' named it for New Madrid, Missouri, and the earthquake-prone fault line that runs through it.
* ''OrionsArm'': Audubon, Tierra Del Fuego, Penglai, Danzig.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Saturn's largest moon Titan]], having a rich array of geological (Titanological?) features recently discovered, has a few of these:
** Faculae--"bright spots" on the moon's surface--are (save one) named after islands on Earth that are not countries unto themselves (e.g., Crete Facula, Mindanao Facula, Oahu Facula).
** The ''lacus'' and ''lacunae'' of Titan--hydrocarbon lakes and dry lake beds, respectively--are named after Earth lakes (e.g. Ontario Lacus, Jingpo Lacus, Eyre Lacuna). Bays (''sinus'' in Latin) in both these and in the ''maria'' (hydrocarbon seas, named after mythical sea monsters) are also named after similar features on Earth (e.g. Moray Sinus, Puget Sinus).
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!!Examples of Planets Named for People

[[folder:Film]]
* Interstellar: The extrasolar planets are given flatly descriptive, preliminary names, each based on the surname of the explorer sent to study it: Miller's Planet, Mann's Planet, Edmunds' Planet...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Guess what? ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' strikes again, with the planet Grayson, named after a religious leader who founded it.
** And also Monica, Barnett, Gregor, Halliman, Hamilton, Hancock, Parmley, Trevor's Star, Yeltsin's Star...
* The planet Madrigal from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: The Cole Protocol'' may be named after a person, Madrigal being a Spanish surname and the inhabitants of the planet being culturally Spanish.
** Also from Halo, planet Biko, which is mentioned offhand in ''Ghosts of Onyx''.
** And Gilgamesh (mentioned in ''Fall of Reach''), though that might also count as a Mythology reference.
* Jerry Pournelle's ''Literature/CoDominium'' series: Tanith, Prince Samual's World, St. Ekaterina, Maxroy's Purchase, Franklin, Dayan, Istvan, Byer's World, and, of course, Murcheson's Eye.
* The Literature/VorkosiganSaga has Barrayar, named after the ruling Vorbarra family, and Sergyar, named after Prince Serg.
* In the ''HyperionCantos'', it's explained that the three continents of Hyperion are more properly called Creighton, Allensen, and Lopez, after three mid-level bureaucrats in the Survey Service. Everybody just calls them Equus, Ursa, and Aquila after the animals they're shaped like instead. (A theme which is carried on in several locations on the planet, like the Bridle Range, Horse's Eye, Cat Key, Felix, etc.)
* Gordon R. Dickson's ''ChildeCycle'': Cassida, Coby, Dunnin's World.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's stories: Garson's Planet, Byer's Planet.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series had an twist on this trope. Every planet not in Earth's solar system was named for the indigenous sentient species; for instance, the planet the Andalites evolved on was called the Andalite homeworld, the Taxxons' planet was the Taxxon homeworld etc.
* The first Settler planet in the later Creator/IsaacAsimov Robot novels was named [=BaleyWorld=], after its founding colonist Bentley Baley, the son of Elijah Baley, the protagonist of the earlier Robot novels. (By the time of the Foundation novels, it had been renamed Comporellon.)
* Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' universe: Marco's Eye, the moon of the planet Yellowstone. Named after one of the earliest explorer's of the planet's star system.
* The Da Vinci Spaceport, in Dan Simmon's ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', and the capital of Hyperion, Keats.
* In ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'', the recently discovered tenth planet "was named Persephone, but rapidly nicknamed Rupert after some astronomer's parrot."
* The Heritage universe has Miranda.
* ''Biosphere'': Boglietti's Planet.
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' -- The planets in the Vega system: Padraic, Mona, Noaille, Aloysius, Boniface, and Cuthbert.
** Diogenes and Fiame in the Rigel Concourse.
* One of the most important planets in the ''AllianceUnion'' universe is Pell's World, orbiting Pell's Star. There's also Russell's, Bryant's and Wyatt's.
** In an odd example that doesn't really fit in any category, some stations were named after famous space probes: Viking, Mariner, Voyager, etc.
* Orson Scott Card's ''[[EndersGame Ender]]'' series: [[ShoutOutToShakespeare Shakespeare]].
* John Barnes' ''ThousandCultures'' series: all planets are named for Nobel Peace Prize laureates, e.g. ([[UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson Woodrow]]) Wilson, ([[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Theodore]]) Roosevelt, and (Jane) Addams.
* TheEschatonSeries: Rochard's World.
* ''Downward To The Earth'': Holman's World, known to its natives as Belzagor.
* ''The Saga Of Seven Suns'': Boone's Crossing, Forrey's Folley, Barrymore's Rock.
* ''When Worlds Collide'': Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta.
* ''Singularity'': Mancken's World.
* ''Shivering World'': Goddard and Copernicus.
* ''Empire Star'': Rhys.
* One case of planets being named after animals rather than people: in ''Coyote'', the 47 Ursae Majoris system includes the planets Fox, Raven, Wolf, and Bear, and Bear's moons Dog, Hawk, Eagle, Coyote, Snake, and Goat.
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* Sherman's Planet, in the classic ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheOriginalSeries}}'' episode "The Trouble with Tribbles". It is named for Holly Sherman, an old girlfriend of the episode's writer, David Gerrold.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Higgins' Moon, Qin Shi Huong, Bernadette, Constance, Muir.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' episode "Wolf 359" had Dundee Planet.
* ''Tom Corbett, Space Cadet'': Roald.
* ''Blindpassasjer'': Rossum.
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* In {{Traveller}} the five sisters subsector got it's name because the first BoldExplorer named them after his [[DaddysGirl five daughters]].
* ''[[TwentyThreeHundredAD 2300 AD]]'': Joi.
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* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' has a few examples:
** Virtually all of Morgan Industries' bases [[{{Egopolis}} are all named "Morgan _______"]]. Of course, Morgan Industries is MegaCorp, and with names like "Morgan Robotics", "Morgan Solarfex", "Morgan Collections", etc., it's fairly obvious that he's not ''quite'' that egotistical: presumably, these are all divisions of the corporation.
** A couple of the other factions get these, most notably the Human Hive's "Yang Mine" and Gaia's Stepdaughters' "Deidre's Fishery".
** If the first batch of Mind Worms you breed is ever killed in battle, you get the option of renaming the base where the worms were bred in memory of the young, promising Talent you put up to the task of controlling them. It's rather touching, and you get a bit of (non-fourth-wall-breaking) text to explain why you would do this.
* Quite a few throughout ''Franchise/MassEffect:''
** Planets in the Skepsis system are named after biologists: Wallace, Darwin, Watson, Crick, Pauling, and [[FamousFamousFictional Keimowitz]].
** Planets in the Boltzmann system are named after theoretical physicists (most of whom are still alive): [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Bekenstein Bekenstein]], Feynman, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_%27t_Hooft Thooft]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinus_J._G._Veltman Veltman]], and Wheeler.
** The Hawking Eta cluster features the Schwarzschild, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subrahmanyan_Chandrasekhar#Legacy Chandrasekhar]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip_Thorne Thorne]] systems. (More physicists.)
** The Kepler Verge cluster has the Newton and Herschel systems.
** The Armstrong Nebula cluster features the Gagarin and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_Tereshkova Tereshkova]] (the first woman in space) systems. Humanity's first and largest deep space station is also named Gagarin Station.
* ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'': Taylor Colony, Tracy's Haven.
* ''Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri'': Thatcher.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' has a few planets named "X's world," with the funniest examples being [[MurphysLaw Murphy]]'s World ("a planet of terrible luck") and Creator/{{George|Lucas}}'s World (in the [[Film/THX1138 THX-1138]] system).
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* ''TechInfantry'' has Jennifer's Star, named for the girlfriend (and later wife) of the guy who originally created the game.
* ''OrionsArm'': Darwin, Turing, Bill and Bull, Robinson, Daffy, Kiyoshi.
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* The unofficial name for Gliese 581 g, the first planet discovered outside of the solar system with a fair chance of supporting (Terragen) life, is Zarmina's World (or Zarmina for short). It's named after the wife of the chief scientist on the team that discovered it.
* For a time, Uranus was called "Herschel" after its discoverer, Sir William Herschel.
** And Herschel himself tried to name the planet "Georgium Sidus" or George's Star, after King George III, his patron. Needless to say, astronomers outside of Britain were not too thrilled with his choice.
* A large number of asteroids are named after people, sometimes the discoverers themselves, but more typically people that they find notable (anyone who discovers an asteroid gets the right to name it whatever they want, within certain restrictions).[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_minor_planets_named_after_people See here]].
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!!Examples of Planets Named The Same

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* ''StarControl 2'' has the Supox, who live on planet... Earth. This causes some confusion between them and the Captain until they explain that their planet is called "earth" as in "soil".[[note]]It's technically "Vlik", or "perfectly nutritious dirt", but as they say -- hey, "earth" is pretty close.[[/note]]
* While they're not ''planets'' per se, ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' has two systems named Paroi. The difference between them is that one is named Paroi ''Minor'' and the other is named Paroi ''Major''.
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!!Examples of Planets Named Erewhon

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* Yet another Literature/HonorHarrington example, the Universe does indeed contain a planet Erewhon.
* AnneMcCaffrey's novel ''Nimisha's Ship'' has a planet named Erewhon with is perfectly descriptive of it.
* Jack Vance's ''The Demon Princes'' has Nowhere, which is the same idea without being spelled backwards.
** This is part of the Rigel Concourse, a system of twenty-six planets originally given pompous names by their discoverer but then filed under much sillier names by an obscure clerk. Also in the same system is the planet "Somewhere". (Neither plays a meaningful part in the cycle.)
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!!Examples of Planets named for Pop-culture references

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* In ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, the planet full of people who can ''eat anything'' is named after ''stomach medicine'' -- it's called ''[[PunnyName Bismoll]]''.
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* Literature/LarryNiven's Known Space has Planet Godzilla (in the same system as Home). Nobody seems to know what the hell the namer was thinking, or what he was referencing.
* Jerry Pournelle's Literature/CoDominium stories -- [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]]. Unsurprisingly, this ended very, very badly. One of the Sauron Soldiers actually reads the ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and idly wonders how things would have turned out if the place had been named "Gandalf" instead.
* Jack Vance's ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces''-[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crokinole Krokinole]], Quinine (a fever medicine), [[{{Traveller}} Valisande]].
* The short story [[http://theopinionguy.com/OG25.pdf "Assumption" (scroll down)]] by Desmond Warzel mentions a planet named Threshold. WordOfGod says that this is a ShoutOut to [[http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/back2dndbasics/wikis/threshold the default hometown]] of player characters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' (specifically, the Frank Mentzer-edited boxed sets from the 1980s).
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' has a base called [[SkylarkSeries DuQuesne]].
* The ''Revelation Space'' series has a planet called Tangerine Dream.
* Creator/MikhailAkhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'' has tons of Planet {{Shout Out}}s, usually [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the authors (there is an appendix at the end of the book with all the references). Sometimes the source is referenced by the first-person titular protagonist.
** Murphy - borrowed from ''[[Literature/CitiesInFlight Earthman Come Home]]'' by Creator/JamesBlish. In-universe, named after the captain of the colony ship Simon Murphy.
** Pern - obviously taken from ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' by AnneMcCaffrey, who is mentioned by name by another character, except over 20,000 years her name has been mangled into Annette [=McClosky=]. It's implied that the planet was named so because of certain flying reptiles native to it.
** Barsoom - the native name for Mars in ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' by EdgarRiceBurroughs. It's a low-gravity world whose colonists have evolved into lanky humanoids.
** Eden and {{Solaris}} - taken from the eponymous novels by StanislawLem. And yes, the second one is a water world with colonists living on islands making up about 3% of the surface.
** Trantor and Aurora - planets in Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series.
** Tranai - a "utopia" invented by RobertSheckley in ''A Ticket to Tranai''.
** Viola Siderea - taken from "Mother Hitton's Littul Kittons" by Creator/CordwainerSmith.
** Camelot and Logres - places in the KingArthur myths.
** Malacandra - planet in ''Out of the Silent Planet'' by CSLewis.
* ''Literature/StarCarrier: Deep Space'' has a planet called Vulcan. This would normally fall into the series' Symbolica pattern, except for the fact that the planet orbits 40 Eridani A, Vulcan's quasi-canonical[[labelnote:*]]While never directly confirmed in canon, it's WordOfGod from Creator/GeneRoddenberry and supported by distances from Earth given in two ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episodes.[[/labelnote]] location in ''Franchise/StarTrek''. This is explicitly true InUniverse, although the name ''Franchise/StarTrek'' isn't mentioned.
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has Heinlein, [[ShoutOutToShakespeare Ariel and]] [[spoiler: [[ShoutOutToShakespeare Miranda.]] ]] We should note that the latter two are also names of moons of Uranus; see below.
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* Many of the planet names in ''SwordOfTheStars'' are [[ShoutOut references]] to other media or mythology.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'':
** Names of planets and their systems in ''Classic'' are often references to famous novels and films, particularly those featured on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Examples include Franchise/{{Dune}} (Arrakis system), [[{{Gamera}} Akio]] (Guiron system), [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Beeblebrox]] (Zaphod system), ''Film/DarkStar'' (Nemesis system), [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Hikeeba]] ({{Gymkata}} system), [[SamsonVsTheVampireWomen Samson's Planet]] (ElSanto system). Whether Sauron is a reference to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' or the CoDominium novels is unclear.
** ''Nova'' has a pair of [[LivingShip Wraith]] systems dubbed [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One'E'Ringa]] and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Too'E'Bindem]].
* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' and its ''Alien Crossfire'' expansion give us a couple of these:
** The Data Angels, cyberpunky hackers, have bases called Googleplex and [[Film/BladeRunner Tears In Rain]].
** The militaristic, self-described [[CrazySurvivalist survivalist]] Spartan Federation has ''Literature/FarnhamsFreehold''.
* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'' has, as one of its [[ProceduralGeneration procedurally-generated]] planets, [[Film/{{Aliens}} LV-426.]] Unlike the film, however, the planet is lush and green.
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* The asteroid colony of Cielo in NexusGate.
* ''TechInfantry'' has Hadley, named for the town of Hadley's Hope in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
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* The dwarf planet of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(dwarf_planet) Eris]] was originally named [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] by the team that discovered it. Naturally, they also named its moon Gabrielle. When that was also rejected by the astronomical community[[note]]"Xena" and "Gabrielle" were temporary names used by the research team during the discovery and verification phases; they knew there wasn't a KBO's chance on Mercury the IAU would allow them to stay permanently.[[/note]], [[GeniusBonus they re-named the moon Dysnomia, which translates as "Lawlessness", after Lucy Lawless, the actress who portrayed Xena on television]].
* Another asteroid in the Main Belt is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12796_Kamenrider 12796]] Franchise/KamenRider.
* Unlike the moons of the other planets (named for the associates of the gods in Myth/ClassicalMythology), the moons of Uranus are named after characters (generally female) from the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare and ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock''. Originally, the names were given with the idea that Uranus, a sky god, would be attended by "spirits of the air" like the fairies Titania and Oberon from ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' or the sylphs Ariel and Umbriel from ''The Rape of the Lock'', but later astronomers started to just take names from the works rather than continue with the air-spirits theme. These works aren't quite popular culture (they were already over 200 years old when the moons were named in the mid-19th century), but they are hardly mythology, either. And one must admit, it is rather fitting that the moons of the planet discovered by an Englishman (or rather an Anglicized German, but who's counting?) be named after the great works of English literature.
* Another actual astronomical naming convention ''demanding'' pop culture references has arisen respecting geographical features on [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Saturn's largest moon, Titan]]. ''Montes'' (mountain ranges) on Titan are named after mountains in Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium (e.g. Misty Montes, Mindolluin Montes, Taniquetil Montes, Doom Montes); ''planitia'' (low plains) and ''labyrinthi'' (complex series of valleys and ridges) are named after planets in Creator/FrankHerbert's ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' universe (e.g. Arrakis Planitia, Chusuk Planitia, Sikun Labyrinthus); and each ''fretum'' (strait connecting larger bodies of liquid) is named after a character from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' universe (e.g. Hardin Fretum, Seldon Fretum).
* One astronomer named the asteroid he discovered ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Mr. Spock]]''. To this day, he still claims that it's just named after his cat. People are no longer allowed to name asteroids after their pets because of this. Oddly, they are still allowed to name them after pop culture references.
* The extrasolar planet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler-16b Kepler-16b]] is unofficially nicknamed [[Franchise/StarWars Tatooine]] because it orbits BinarySuns.
* There are petitions on Change.Org to rename a nebula to "[[PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madokami]]" and a newly discovered planet to "[[Series/DoctorWho Gallifrey]]". Some signatories cite the argument that "fiction is just new mythology, and plenty of stuff already has a mythological name", other signatories cite a wish to acknowledge and promote the show and/or its ideals, and still others are [[SeriousBusiness taking it too seriously]] or [[StealthParody not seriously at all]]. [[note]] "Book of Homu Homu?" Really? [[/note]].
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!!Examples of Public Relations Naming of Planets

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* Galileo Galilei originally called the four large [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter moons of Jupiter]] that he discovered ''Cosmica Sidera'' (Latin for "Cosimo's Stars") after his patron Cosimo de' Medici. Cosimo suggested he change it to ''Medicea Sidera'' (the "Medicean Stars") for all four Medici brothers. Simon Marius, who independently discovered the moons shortly after Galileo, came up with the contemporary names (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto), after Johannes Kepler suggested that he name them for the [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal lovers]] of [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Zeus]]. These names stuck despite Galileo's protests; in the process, however, Galileo invented the ancestor of the modern system of giving designations of the planet+a Roman numeral in order of distance from the primary (e.g. calling Ganymede Jupiter III)
* The discoverer of Uranus was Sir William Herschel, a German who moved to England and did his most important work there, later becoming a British subject. He wanted to call the planet itself ''Georgium Sidus'' ("George's Star") or just "Planet George", after King George III, who was his patron. The name didn't stick; the French in particular didn't fancy honouring the British monarch every time they mentioned the seventh planet, and came up with a number of alternate names--one of which was Herschel, funnily enough, and another, Neptune (yes). Eventually, a German named Bode suggested that if Saturn was named after [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the father of Jupiter]], this planet should be named after the father of Saturn--Uranus. The name stuck (with a little help from the chemists, who gave the newly-discovered uranium its name to back Bode up).
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