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Where do the names of the planets come from?

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Where do the names of the planets come from?

Ancient Stargazing:

Long ago, before the age of telescopes and space exploration, ancient humans looked up at the stars and wondered what they were. They noticed many of the stars remained in a fixed pattern, giving rise to the constellations. However, some bright points of light changed their position, rising earlier at different times of the year and changing their relationship to other points of light in the sky. These were the planets.

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All but one of the planets in our solar system come from Greek and Roman mythology. Mercury was the Roman god of travel and messengers. Venus was the...

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