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How did Neptune get its name?

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Neptune was given its name by its discoverer, Urbain Le Verrier. Honoring the tradition of naming planets after Roman gods, Le Verrier chose Neptune, who was the Roman sea god. He chose this name because of the blue colors that dominate the planet.

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How did Neptune get its name?
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Other names initially suggested for the planet included Janus and Oceanus. Not all astronomers have succeeded in gaining acceptance for name suggestions. However, Le Verrier's proposal of Neptune soon became the International Astronomer Union's accepted name. In some cases, different countries assign their own names to planets. However, most have used variations of Neptune that align with their own languages.

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