Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 4 months ago

How did the planet Mars get its name?

21 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    It is a Roman name.

  • 4 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.

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    4 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."

  • 4 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.

  • F
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    It is Ma’s as in Uranus is even bigger than Ma’s.

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    4 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 

  • 4 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

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  • 4 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 7
    4 months ago

    In Roman mythology Mars was the god of war.

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