Nicknames For The Planets On Our Solar System

Most people know the planets by their Roman names, but in truth, they each have nicknames that are used more often by astronomers and scientists. Just like anything else, the planets have earned their nicknames based on their characteristics and features.

This blog post will cover the nicknames for each of the planets in our solar system. Let’s take a look!

Mercury

“The Swift Planet”

Although Mercury is larger than dwarf planets, it pales in comparison to Ganymede and Titan–two of the largest moons in our solar system. Mercury, the smallest planet in our solar system, orbits the sun faster than any of the other planets. It is named after the Roman messenger god because of its speed.

Venus

“Morning and Evening Star”

One of the stars in the sky that shines the brightest is Venus. It’s always located close to the Sun. It gets the nicknames Morning and Evening Star just because it arises and sets every day! The third brightest object in our night sky was once named Venus by early astronomers, after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

Earth

“The Blue Planet”, “The World”

Earth has quite a number of nicknames. The nicknames “the world” and “the blue planet,” which both refer to Earth, indicate its significance in the creation myths of every single human civilization that has ever formed. Two-thirds of the Earth is blanketed by water, so it’s no wonder that our home appears blue from outer space, thus the nickname “the blue planet.”

Mars

“The Red Planet”

The ground on Mars contains a lot of iron, and when this element oxidizes or rusts, it turns red. This is why Mars is often called the “Red Planet.” There are some particles that very rarely circle the planet, and they’ve caused NASA rovers to stop functioning properly. The ancient Romans named Mars their god of war due to its red color as it resembled blood- the byproduct of war.

Jupiter

“The Gas Giant”

The fifth planet from the sun, Jupiter is mostly made up of helium and/or hydrogen. It has whirling gases atop a solid core rather than hard surfaces. Jupiter is the most massive planet in the solar system—much more massive than any of the other planets combined.

Saturn

“The Ringed Planet”

The gas giants in the solar system, Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune all have rings like Saturn. However, Saturn’s rings are more noticeable, earning it the nickname “Ringed Planet.” Out of all the planets, Saturn is most distinguished by its thousands of magnificent ringlets.

Uranus

“The Bull’s Eye”

The planet Uranus looks like a bull’s eye because of the belts, zones, and rings around it. The planet is blue-green, and it consists mostly of methane, water, and ammonia ice. Some also call it the “ice giant”.

Neptune

“The Big Blue Planet”

Unlike other planets, Neptune’s atmosphere is made up of hydrogen, helium, and methane which allows it to absorb red light from the Sun but also reflect blue light back into space. Thus, Neptune is known as the “Big Blue Planet”. Neptune was named after the Roman god of the seas.

Final Thoughts

Did you know that the planets had nicknames? Now you do! These nicknames are based on the planets’ characteristics and features. With this new information, go out and impress your friends with your knowledge of the solar system!