We started on our Solar adventure today, with Mnemonics, or Monica’s as someone named them. Thanks to Cody, we got all the planets named even the one dropped off the list. But how to know how they fitted into our solar system? In what order.So we devised our own mnemonic
As Jadzir reminded us, all of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Roman gods and goddesses.
MERCURY Roman Winged Messenger, winged god of travel because he moves so fast
VENUS Roman Goddess of Love, beautiful
MARS Roman God of War
JUPITER Chief Roman God (Jupiter is King of the Gods, an elected position)
SATURN Former Roman God of Agriculture, retired. Replaced by his daughter, Ceres
URANUS Former Roman God of the Sky, retired. Replaced by his grandson, Jupiter.
NEPTUNE Roman Lord of the Sea
PLUTO Roman Lord of the Underworld (Pluto is no longer considered a planet.)
When Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet, mnemonics could no longer include the final “P
From now on, one planet a week, starting with the SUN next week.
Of course, we did far more than Planets – we did rope climbing down the pit, dressing up in sticky willy,