All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Roman gods and goddesses.
Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury were given their names thousands of
years ago. Those were the planets that the ancient Romans could see in
the sky without a telescope.
The other planets
in our solar system were not discovered until
much later, when telescopes were invented. Even then, the tradition of naming the planets after Roman gods and goddesses
Most of the moons
and some asteroids are also named after the critters and creatures and
gods and goddesses found in Roman mythology. Some of the constellations
in our solar system are named after Roman gods as well.
Roman Winged Messenger, winged god of travel because he moves so
Roman Goddess of Love, beautiful
Roman God of War
Chief Roman God (Jupiter
is King of the Gods, an elected position)
Former Roman God of Agriculture, retired. Replaced by his
Former Roman God of the Sky, retired. Replaced by his grandson,
Roman Lord of the Sea
Roman Lord of the Underworld (Pluto is no longer considered a
Remembering the 8 planets:
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos
Once upon a time, remembering the 9 planets:
My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas