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The origin of the planet names.

The stories are Greek. The names are Roman. Many of the planet names are Roman and their stories come from Greek mythology. Let’s look at a few of them.

Jupiter is the biggest planet, so it’s no surprise it’s named after the king of the gods. Jupiter is the Roman name of the Greek god Zeus. Zeus was the king of the gods and ruler of Mount Olympus. But he wasn’t always in charge. He was the son of Ops and Saturn, who ruled all things. Saturn was told that one of his children would overthrow him and take his throne. To prevent this from happening, Saturn swallowed every one of his first five children. His wife was very upset by this. So, when she gave birth to her sixth child, Jupiter, she hid him away on the island of Crete until he grew up. Once he was old enough, Jupiter used a poison to force Saturn to empty his stomach of his children. Together, Jupiter and his siblings overthrew Saturn and took over Mount Olympus. Jupiter became the god of the sky and thunder, and allowed his brothers to choose their domains. Jupiter’s symbol is the lightning bolt.

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