Except for Earth, all of the planets were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. The names Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Mercury were given thousands of years ago. Mercury was called after the Roman deity of the sea, Mercury. The planet Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, Venus. Jupitor was named after the Greek god Zeus, who is also known as Jupiter. Saturn was originally Saturnus, a Latin name that means "shaker". The ancients associated this name with Titan, one of Jupiter's sons. Mars was originally Martius, which comes from mars, the Latin word for Mars.
Earth wasn't given a proper name until 1815, when William Smith published a map of England showing its location relative to other planets. On this map, he labeled our planet Earth because it was the only one out of the eight that could be seen from his observations.
Smith had made these observations while working for A.D. 1669-1731 Sir Christopher Wren, whose job was to rebuild London after it was nearly destroyed by fire. Wren was interested in astronomy and mathematics. He is best known now for his work on church architecture but at the time he was building telescopes and conducting experiments on light and gravity. One of his discoveries was that the force of gravity decreases as you go farther away from a massive body (in this case, Earth). This idea is now called "gravity waves."
Neptune was the Roman sea deity. Pluto was the Roman deity of the underworld and is today classed as a minor planet. Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture and now serves as the namesake for one of our largest bodies in the Solar System.
So dwarf planets are named after figures from Greek or Roman mythology? Yes, they are called "dwarf" planets because they are less massive than other planets but more massive than asteroids. They have no influence on the orbit of Earth nor do they affect its climate so they can't be used to point out signs of the Zodiac.
Dwarf planets were first defined by American astronomer William C. Bond at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona in 1930. He said that these objects were smaller than planets but larger than asteroids. Today, two main groups exist: those who include Ceres and Pluto and others who exclude them. The latter group includes Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus.
The word "dwarf" here doesn't mean small but rather poor or insignificant in value. It's also not meant as a derogatory term but rather as an indication of these objects' relative lack of mass compared to the other planets in the Solar System.
The Roman god of battle was Mars. Jupiter was the Roman deity of kingship, and Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture. Uranus was called after an ancient Greek god-king. Neptune was named after a sea god.
Venus is the second-closest planet to the sun. It orbits between Earth and Mars in about 584 days, but because it is so close to the sun, it usually appears brighter than any other planet except for Mercury. As you might expect, then, Venus is often used as a marker by sailors to indicate that it is night out on land while it is still day out at sea.
In 1738, William Herschel discovered four more planets beyond Mars. He named them Vulcan, Ceres, Pluto and Mars. Today, these names are given to objects found by astronomers working on the Voyager spacecraft.
Vulcan is the name given to one of two small bodies found by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft in 1980, 2000 and 2001. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt. It was first seen by Galileo Galilei in 1610. Pluto was once thought to be a planet, too, but it was downgraded when New Horizons flew by it in 2015. And last but not least, there's Mars - the most popular planet name of all time!
With the exception of Earth, all of the planets were named after ancient Roman gods. Apart from minor variances in pronunciation, the names of many nations throughout the world remain the same. For example, Canada has always been called Kanata, and Russia is still referred to as Oekraïne.
Other countries may refer to their own planets by name, but most use Latin or Greek terms that are translated into English. For example, France calls its moon La Marie and Jupiter uses the French term for giant, titanic.
In addition, some countries have more than one planet to call theirs. Japan has two planets: Mars and Mercury. They are called Mars because it used to be a man's planet and Mercury because it used to be thought that only men could fly through space.
India has five planets: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. They are called after deities from India's old religion, Hinduism.
There are also some fictional worlds that have been adopted by countries. The Planet of Mars is a reference to the planet Mars in astronomy. It is one of three planets that orbit around the Sun every day (the others being Uranus and Neptune). However, the Planet of Mars was also the name of an underground city in George Orwell's novel 1984.
Uranus was discovered before Neptune, and both planets are named after Gods in Ancient Rome. Uranus is the Roman name for the God of the Sky.
Neptune was first noticed when James Joyce used it in his novel Ulysses to refer to the New York City waterway now known as Manhattan Island. Since then, it has become a generic term for any deep body of water, such as its ocean.
Titan was the Greek name for one of Zeus' giants. It is also the name of a moon of Saturn.
Mercury is the name of two planets: Mercury, the planet we call "the planet Mercury", and Mercury, the element of gold used in jewelry. The other planets are named after gods from ancient Rome: Jove, Mars, Neptune, and Saturn.
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