Where is the name 'Stellar' derived from?

Wikipedia doesn't mention it, and while the stellar.org website mentions that it was the original name of the network's 'coin' (now called 'lumen', and I do get the reference from stars to lumens), it doesn't explain where the name Stellar itself comes from.

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    that doesn't seem to be a question for developers Jan 17, 2018 at 20:27
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    @MonsieurNicolas according to the tour, it's for developers and users.
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 17, 2018 at 20:28
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    @MonsieurNicolas to put this in perspective, there's another recently launched Stack Exchange site, Augur, where people thought this is a good question. (I'm not sure if it has actually been asked.) Of course, feel free to vote as you wish.
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 17, 2018 at 21:00
  • This is a very valid question.
    – manjuu5
    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:01

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I am not part of Stellar team, but was following Stellar since they forked from Ripple (and also Ripple until that point). My take on this is as follows:

Since the beginning, Stellar have a really cute comic to explain how it's consensus protocol works. The main point was derived from problem of what kind of interstellar blockchain is needed to work not only for us, but also for and together with aliens out there. That also implicitly crossed out proof-of-work consensus due 51% attack if aliens with supercomputers would come by.

Therefore Stellar (aka stars) is just a pun on it's strength that it can work out nicely in interstellar conditions where you have lots of different aliens with varying computing power and interests. Kind of analogy to the so called "superpowers" down here on earth.

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