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Friday, April 1, 2011

Planets are named after Roman God Why ? Share the Knowledge Series

Planet                                                           Meaning
----------------------                               ---------------------------
Mercury     :                                            Messenger God

Venus         :                                           Goddess of romance 

Earth          :                                            Goddess of the Earth

Mars          :                                            God of War

Jupiter        :                                            Leader of the Gods

Saturn        :                                            God of Agriculture

Uranus       :                                            God of the Sky

Neptune     :                                            God of the Sea

Why this name ?

The names we use today for the innermost planets were assigned by the Romans and they named them after their Gods. These included Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. The other three planets are not visible to the naked eye, so the Romans didn't know they existed. When modern astronomers did discover them, they stuck with this convention and named these planets after Roman gods as well (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto)
Tip: Pluto is not considered as Planet.

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