How MARCH Got Demoted From the FIRST MONTH to the THIRD MONTH

Are you surprised by the title of the headline? It's the truth, March was not always the third month, and below are details of its unfortunate demotion. Where Did the Name Come From? The name for March comes from the Latin word, Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for [...]

Solar System Tour (Neptune)

Neptune is the eighth planet from the Sun and is the most distant planet from the Sun. This gas giant planet may have formed much closer to the Sun in early solar system history before migrating to its present position. Fast Facts about Neptune 1. The Berlin observatory, following Le Verrier’s calculations giving the possible position of [...]

TUESDAY: What it Means and How it Came About

You remember that we started yesterday - Monday -  in determining how the days of the week came to be so named. We also considered how the ancients arrived at the order of naming the days, starting with Saturn (for Saturday), and ending with Venus (for Friday). Since today is Tuesday, we shall be focusing [...]

Solar System Tour (Mars)

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin [...]

Should Pluto be a planet again? Experts debate to reinstate the ninth world of the solar system

In 2006, Pluto lost its status as a planet when other bodies in the solar system of similar or greater size were found. The decision to demote it to a ‘dwarf planet’ by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) at the time was highly contentious - and it now seems many still want its planet status [...]

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