After the discovery of Uranus, scientists were having trouble figuring out the planet's orbit. They realized that there must be another planet farther out than Uranus. They were right! French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier and English astronomer John Couch Adams made the mathematical calculations of where Neptune should be and German astronomer Johann Galle observed it. Talk about an international effort!
All the planets were named after ancient gods from Greek or Roman Mythology, except Earth. So when time came to name this one, astronomers chose Neptune. Neptune was the Roman god of the deep seas (called Poseidon by the Greeks).
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- How did Mercury get its name?
- How did Venus get its name?
- How did Earth get its name?
- How did Mars get its name?
- How did Jupiter get its name?
- How did Saturn get its name?
- How did Uranus get its name?
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