We named the bright star in the morning and the bright star in the evening. We realised they were the same thing. We named the fire-red star and the other strange ones that move around the sky. The wanderers. The planets.
As telescopes improved we could see more than oddly coloured points of light - we could see moons slowly turning around them. And we could see features, plains of shade, imagined oceans, mythical canals.
And we started to name those too.
This is a website about those names - our words for places no one has ever been, and where no one may ever go.