Jupiter is named after the powerful Roman god who is the equivalent of the Greek god Zeus. All of the planets in the solar system but Earth are named after gods in the Roman pantheon. Many of the moons of Jupiter are also named after figures from Roman mythology.
As the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter is named after the most important figure Roman mythology. The Babylonians named the planet after their god Marduk. It is called the Wood Star in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Hindu astrologers called the planet Brihaspati, while Central Asian cultures called it Erendiz.Learn More
The oval path that the Earth takes around the sun is called an elliptical orbit. The elliptical orbit was introduced to the world through the work of Johannes Kepler.Full Answer >
The most recent Mars rover, called Curiosity, landed on Aug. 6, 2012, on the Aeolis Palus plain near the Gale Crater. Three previous rovers successfully landed on Mars, including the Sojourner on July 4, 1997; Spirit on Jan. 3, 2004; and Opportunity on Jan. 24, 2004.Full Answer >
It takes Jupiter 4,332 days or 11.86 Earth years to orbit the sun. Because it is further away from the sun than Earth, it's orbital period is much longer.Full Answer >
Mars is 142 million miles from the Sun and takes 687 Earth days to complete one orbit around the sun, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The average surface temperature on Mars is -81 degrees Fahrenheit, and the small red planet has a much weaker gravitational pull than that of Earth. Mars also has 15 percent of the volume of Earth.Full Answer >