The Romans knew of seven bright objects in the sky, the Sun, the Moon and five planets. They named them after their most important gods. If you click on the Sun, Moon or planet name, you will go to an outside website so you can find out more information about the Solar System. If you want to return here, click on the Back button above. Click on the god's name will take you to my description of the god.
|Sun||The Sun is the brightest object in the sky.||Apollo - God of Enlightenment|
|Moon||The Moon is the next brightest object.||Diana - Goddess of Hunting, sister of Apollo|
|Mercury||Fastest planet||Mercury - Messenger of the Gods|
|Venus||brightest planet||Venus - Goddess of Love|
|Mars||the red planet||Mars - God of War|
|Jupiter||largest planet||Jupiter - King of the Gods|
|Saturn||slowest planet||Saturn - God of Time|
If you compare the gods in the Roman Solar System with the days of the week, you will see that they are the same. The days of the week are Saxon. They are named after the Sun, Moon and planets.
There are jewels and metals connected with the planets as well.
|Uranus||1781||Uranus - Father of Saturn||next to Saturn and further out|
|Neptune||1846||Neptune - God of the Sea||blue planet|
|Pluto||1930||Pluto - God of Death||coldest planet and furthest from the Sun|
The planet names are the names of Roman gods, except Uranus, who was a Greek god. You need a telescope to see these planets.
By 2006, astronomers had discovered other things in the solar system which were bigger than Pluto, so they decided to make Pluto a dwarf planet instead. This means that there are now 8 planets (including Earth) rather than 9.
© Jo Edkins 2009 - Return to Roman gods index