English Fun Fact: Odd Planet Out


The only planet in our solar system not named after a god is Earth. All the rest are named after ancient Roman deities.

Mercury was the god of commerce and travel and was Jupiter’s messenger.

Venus was the goddess of love and the mother of Cupid.

Earth comes from the old Germanic word for ground or soil.

Mars was the god of war.

Jupiter was king of the gods.

Saturn was a god of agriculture and Jupiter’s father.

Uranus was a sky god and Jupiter’s grandfather.

Neptune was the god of the ocean.

Pluto – no longer considered a planet – was the god of death and the underworld.