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moon goddess, equivalent of Latin Luna, from Greek selene "the moon; name of the moon goddess," related to selas "light, brightness, bright flame, flash of an eye," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (cognates: Sanskrit svargah "heaven," Lithuanian svilti "to singe," Old English swelan "to be burnt up," Middle Low German swelan "to smolder"); related to swelter, sultry. Related: Selenian "of or pertaining to the moon as a world," 1660s.


SELENE (; Selenological and Engineering Explorer), better known in Japan by its nickname , was the second Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft following the Hiten probe. Produced by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Space Development Agency (NASDA), the spacecraft was launched on September 14, 2007. After successfully orbiting the Moon for a year and eight months, the main orbiter was instructed to impact on the lunar surface near the crater Gill on June 10, 2009.

Selene (comics)

Selene Gallio is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is a mutant, and an enemy of the X-Men often associated with the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle.

Selene (disambiguation)

Selene was a lunar deity in Greek mythology.

Selene may also refer to:

Selene (Underworld)

Selene is a fictional character from the Underworld series. She is the primary protagonist of the films Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Awakening. Her lover is Michael Corvin, and together they now have a daughter, named Eve.

Selene is portrayed by Kate Beckinsale, and by Beckinsale's daughter, Lily Mo Sheen, in Underworld: Evolution in flashback scenes as a child. Her stunt double for the first two movies was Nicole Randall, and Alicia Vela-Bailey in Underworld: Awakening. In Underworld: Endless War, Selene is voiced by Canadian voice actress, Laura Harris.

Selene (given name)

Selene is a female given name taken from Selene (Greek Σελήνη ' moon';) in Greek mythology. Selene was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. Her equivalent in ancient Roman religion and myth is Luna, Latin for "moon".

The etymology of Selene is uncertain, but if the word is of Greek origin, it is likely connected to the word selas , meaning "brightness".

Selene (genus)

Selene, lookdowns and moonfishes, is a genus of carangids native to the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Usage examples of "selene".

Vivienne was wearing a black dress that made her hair look like flame, and Selene was in deep violet that showed off her blondness.

Astro's people were busily auctioning off the metals on the commodities market at Selene, desperately hoping to get prices high enough to make a minimal profit.

The quake had occurred at just about the time Selene should have been leaving Crater Lake, and the gorge was now half blocked with slides.

We're getting rich, Fuchs realized happily as his bank account at Selene fattened.

Alvarez turned editorial office inside out trying to get a line back to Adam Selene.

Il had been a brilliant idea, Humphries thought, to talk Selene's governing board into letting him create a three-hundred-hectare garden down in the deepest grotto in Selene.

But Pancho had moved almost all of the corporate headquarters staff to Selene.

Project Selene appeared to have been decanted into a Klein bottle.

The only nanotechnologist Amanda could trust was Kris Cardenas, and she'd been living in Ceres for years in self-imposed exile from Selene.

But since the founding of Selene, it has been perfectly legal to claim use of the natural resources of a celestial body.

There were six Astro Corporation rocket jockeys waiting for transport back to Selene City: four guys, Pancho herself, and the new girl, Amanda Cunningham.

We knew we could be exposed to dangerous radiation doses, so we fertilized some of my eggs and stored them at Selene.

Selene, was now in hibernation until Technica came back to pick them up.

His wife, Selene, was now in hibernation until Technica came back to pick them up.

Doug Stavenger was also feeling frustrated about the long time lag between Selene and the Belt.