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Why the last two planets of the solar system are named after the greek words whereas rest of goes after Indian Gods ?

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Asked by joyesh chakraborty, 13 Nov '12 06:38 pm
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Uranus was the first planet in the Solar System to be "discovered". The planets known of at the time of the discovery of Uranus were Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Ancient astronomers were able to see these objects without telescopes or binoculars and named them after their Gods. Uranus was discovered much later using scientific instruments, in 1781, but was still named after an ancient god (in mythology, Uranus was the ruler of the Gods)
Answered by LIPSIKA, 13 Nov '12 07:01 pm

 
  
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SirWilliam Herschelobserved the planet on March 13, 1781 while in the garden of his house at 19 New King Street in the town of Bath,Somerset,England(now theHerschel Museum of Astronomy). AstronomerJrme Lalandeproposed the planet be namedHerschelin honour of its discoverer.Swedish astronomerErik Prosperinproposed the nameNeptunewhich was supported by other astronomers who liked the idea to commemorate the victories of the BritishRoyal Navalfleet in the course of theAmerican Revolutionary Warby calling the new planet evenNeptune George IIIorNeptune Great Britain. Bodeopted forUranus, the Latinized version of theGreek godof the sky,Ouranos. Bode argued that just asSaturnwas the father ofJupiter, the new planet should be named after the father of Saturn.In 1789, Bode'sRoyal AcademycolleagueMartin Klaprothnamed his newly discovered element "uranium" in support of Bode's choice. Ultimately, Bode's suggestion became the most widely used, and became universal in 1850 whenHM Nautical Almanac Of ...more
Answered by Pradipta pati, 13 Nov '12 07:11 pm

 
  
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Uranus & Neptune ......
Answered by pradeep mishra, 13 Nov '12 06:44 pm

 
  
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