Why the Planet Saturn was Named After the Mythological Roman God Saturn

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A few weeks ago, Mars was very visible in the night sky, so the university in the town where I live had a viewing party. Yes, I found out a bunch of cool stuff out about Mars and got to see it through several different telescopes, but I also got to see Saturn and its’ rings pretty clearly … which made me start wondering about both the planet and the myths behind the ancient god named Saturn. BTW, you should know, Saturn is his Roman name, but in Greek mythology, Cronus is his name.

Planet Saturn image by DasWortgewand on https://pixabay.com/en/space-saturn-science-fiction-54999/ Planet Saturn image by DasWortgewand on https://pixabay.com/en/space-saturn-science-fiction-54999/

You have probably come across other references to Saturn (the god) other than just Saturn (the planet). For instance, the day of the week Saturday is named after Saturn the Roman mythological god. You may also have come across the image of an old man holding a sickle and…

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