I’ve been trying to make my posts a little more visually stimulating, which means I’m trying to add pictures in addition to videos. When faced with a prompt like “astronomical,” my first reaction is “what the f…” after which I go out to Pixabay and find an appropriate image. So I stuck astronomical into the search engine and got several pages of images, including this one:
This is William Herschel, better known as “the smartass who named Uranus.” Actually, he didn’t name it; in fact, he thought it was comet at first. Uranus is the only planet named for a Greek god; he was the father of Cronus, or as the Romans called him, Saturn. If they had decided to stay with Roman god names, they’d have named the planet Caelus, the name of Saturn’s father. Caelus means “sky” in Latin; Saturn’s mom was Terra, which means “Earth.” My guess is that no one knew the name of Saturn’s father, so they said “Screw it! We’ll name it Uranus, and screw ’em if they can’t take a joke!”
If they renamed the planets to Greek gods, we’d have Hermes, Aphrodite, Earth, Ares, Zeus, Cronus, Uranus, Poseidon and Hades.
And, in case you were curious, an astronomical unit is 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers, the average distance between Earth and the Sun. You’re welcome.
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