WONDER #2411: How Did the Planets Get Their Names?

Question 1 of 3

Today, the ______________________ names new heavenly objects.

  1. Roman government
  2. International Astronomical Union
  3. United States
  4. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Question 2 of 3

What was the main idea of this Wonder?

  1. People are only allowed to use names from Roman mythology for objects in space.
  2. Venus was named for the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
  3. People can see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn without a telescope.
  4. The planets and most other objects in space got their names from mythology.

Question 3 of 3

“Earth” came from Old English and Germanic words meaning what?

  1. ground
  2. dirt
  3. blue
  4. ocean

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