In 1781, astronomer William Herschel stumbled on a peculiar planet. He wished to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Superstar) after King George III, but all of the other planets in the solar machine possess been named after Roman gods. Fellow astronomer Johanne Bode urged the name Uranus (a Greek god) often is the next fit, even though it took one other 50 years for the name to capture on.
Nearly every most well-known planet in the solar machine is named after a Roman god or goddess. One of the planets are named as a result of their habits: Mercury, for instance, is named after the messenger of the gods because it appears to be like to be to transfer throughout the sky so snappy. (It does so because it orbits so near the sun.) And behemoth Jupiter is named after the king of the gods. Whereas the planets are named after Roman deities in the Western world, they possess rather about a names in other contexts. The veteran Greeks called them by their Greek god names, unsurprisingly: Jupiter modified into Zeus, Mercury modified into Hermes, and Venus modified into Aphrodite. The veteran Babylonians also named the planets after their deities: Jupiter modified into Marduk, Mercury modified into Nebo, and Venus modified into the goddess Ishtar.
This week we are going on an legend lunge to articulate over with every planet and get out about their namesakes, so snatch your trident and winged sandals and join us on a sail to throughout the solar machine.
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