Shoot for the moon A moon is a natural object in space that orbits another natural object in space, such as a planet. Moon can also orbit asteroids and stars. The planet Jupiter alone has 82! And earth? Well, we’ve just got one. We might be moon deprived. But we humans are pretty obsessed with the one moon we have. For thousands of years, people have told stories about the moon; worshipped it; and created beautiful paintings, songs, and poems about it. We have watched it through telescopes, and a few lucky humans have even walked on its surface. The world lunatic comes from the Latin word for the moon, Luna. It stems from a belief that people act wackier when the moon is full.