I'm looking for a shorter way of saying "The far side of the Moon" (meaning that either literally, or by association). Preferably in one word.

"Synthetic" English, Latin and other non-English (i.e. foreign language, not customarily used in English texts) words will do too (sadly, no linguistics.stackexchange.com out there).

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    To Floyd-ian boon, you seek to shorten the dark side of the moon, if a portmanteau will do, I suggest posterilune.
    – BBischof
    May 1, 2011 at 20:43
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    Note that "dark" and "far" side of the Moon is not the same. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_side_of_the_Moon#History May 1, 2011 at 20:49
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    But posterilune is nice, why don't you add it as a proper answer? May 1, 2011 at 20:50
  • I did see that. I was attempting humor.
    – BBischof
    May 1, 2011 at 20:51
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    @Alennano: In the New Moon the closest to Earth side of the Moon is the dark one. May 1, 2011 at 21:16

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As suggested:

Earlier I tried to be cute,
but ended looking a rube,
So for far-side of moon,
just say posterilune,
else more poems you'll see, awfully crude.

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    Of course, "posterior" and "moon" can be synonymous... ;)
    – MT_Head
    Jun 21, 2011 at 23:26
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    @MT_Head - that is clbuttic! Jan 8, 2015 at 14:54

You could speak of the translunar surface, the way the we refer to Roman-era transalpine Gaul vs. cisalpine Gaul ("beyond the Alps Gaul" and "this side of the Alps Gaul").

  • Or (for another roughly alpine analogy) ultralunar like ultramontanist? Though I guess that is more beyond than behind...
    – Benjol
    May 2, 2011 at 8:38
  • Translunar surface has five syllables, just as many as far side of the moon. Jun 22, 2011 at 0:37
  • @Peter Shor: The question says "fewer words" — not syllables. ^_^
    – Robusto
    Jun 22, 2011 at 0:38
  • Translunar already has established definitions incompatible with phrase "translunar surface"; to wit: "Situated beyond the moon or its orbit around the earth", "During transit from the Earth to the Moon", and "Outside the moon's orbit about the earth". Apr 24, 2012 at 14:16

My first thought was to construct a word similar to "apogee" or "aphelion", so I thought "apolunar." Unfortunately, this word exists (interestingly, an example of a Greek-Latin hybrid), and it doesn't mean that. So I thought the all Greek version might work for you, but "aposelene" also already has a meaning.

I share this because I thought it was interesting. Given that my ideas were taken, I'm voting for posterilune.


The middle of the far side of the Moon is the antipodal point to the Earth.

By analogy to other shiny round silver things often required for romantic evenings, i.e. coins, you could call the far side the reverse - and the near side the obverse.

  • Wouldn't work without appending "of the Moon". "Hey, have you seen obverse tonight?" Jun 22, 2011 at 3:25

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