How did the planet Mars get its name?
- Anonymous4 months ago
It is a Roman name.
- ForwardLv 64 months ago
Mars is red in colour and to the ancients, red was like blood to them. It thus symbolises war. Mars is the Roman God of War.
- PhilLv 64 months ago
Good question- from ancient Romans,,
"Mars was named by the ancient Romans for their god of war because its reddish color was reminiscent of blood. Other civilizations also named the planet for this attribute; for example, the Egyptians called it "Her Desher," meaning "the red one." Even today, it is frequently called the "Red Planet" because iron minerals in the Martian dirt oxidize, or rust, causing the surface to look red."
- KrishnamurthyLv 74 months ago
The name Mars means God Of War and is of Greek origin.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, being only larger than Mercury. In English, Mars carries the name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the "Red Planet"
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- 4 months ago
Mars was early referred to as Yinghuo, which means confusing. The ancient Romans named Mars for their god of war because its reddish color was reminiscent of blood.
- FLv 64 months ago
It is Ma’s as in Uranus is even bigger than Ma’s.
- TomLv 74 months ago
It was RED like Blood and the ancient peoples connected it with their God of WAR---The Greeks called it Aries and the Romans called it MARS after their gods of war respectively
- Ronald 7Lv 74 months ago
Mars has been visible since Antiquity
Just as the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn
The ancient Romans liked to name them after their Gods as they were Pagans
Being Red, Mars reminded them of their God of War, Mars
Mercury was so fleet footed it was named after the Messenger to the Gods
Much later a certain Lead Singer of Queen liked the name so much he took it
They were struck by the Beauty of the second Planet out and named after their Goddess of Love, Venus
Jupiter was their god of the Harvest
Until Galileo developed the telescope
the rest of the Planets were too dim and too far away to make out until the following Millenia
Galileo has Jupiter's four largest moon named after him
And he was the first to see the Rings of Saturn
The first attempt of calculating he Speed of light was
done by timing the Occultations of the Galilean moons by Jupiter
To surprising accuracy
And Scaramouche did the Fandango
- SciencenutLv 74 months ago
The Latin word (3rd declension noun): Mars, Martis is the proper name of the Roman God of War. It was named for this Roman god because of its noticably red color, which reminded the Romans of blood.
Interestingly, the red giant star "Antares" (Alpha Scorpii) which is also noticably bright red in color, is translated from Greek meaning "Rival of Mars".
- A.J.Lv 74 months ago
In Roman mythology Mars was the god of war.