This confusion about Sol is beginning to intrigue me. I thought as I have in the past on a star chart seen the label Sol, don't ask were or when I have forgotten by now but I am sure it was not a game. Not only that Sol is a translation of sun, but that there are a) many suns b) many solar systems.
Taking in the fact that we at one point had limited knowledge of the solar system I got the impression that calling our solar system, "Solar System or Sun" would not be how it is, instead "Sol" which incidentally means Sun was chosen not just as the name of the sun but as the solar system as well as a whole.
Any thoughts or corrections?
(Really who calls our Solar System, Solar Sytem
- now that I think about it I think I saw the term Sol in an atlas somewhere that had a page on the solar system
Now this may seem confusing: Other Suns are called 'Suns' because they are named after our 'Sun' because they are the same type of stellar object. Same with 'Solar System'.
Would you like to know something even more confusing?
If we call everything Sun, Solar System, or Sol without declaring it a unique name where does one go?
Lets take an example, lets just say that every town and city in my country was called City.
Question: "Hey buddy I need to know how to go to get to City."
Reply after looking at a map, "Which one?"
See the problem, if we call everything
by what they are then when there are multiple occurrences of that object we have no clue about differences. The solution is to make it individual.
We don't call our home system solar system. >.<
We may call each sun a sun, but not Sun! (note the capitalisation.) Back when these things were first discovered it isn't like they knew of the many solar systems or suns anyway. There would have been at one point in history that a star was simply considered a star and a sun is something entirely different. Things got interesting when we learned that the sun is a star and so forth with the discoveries.
"Choice is free. Consequence is costly."