Why is Mars called the Red Planet?
- Bulldog reduxLv 76 months ago
Duh! This is a tough one. Maybe because it's red?
- 6 months ago
Better than being called "rusty".
- nineteenthlyLv 76 months ago
Because it's orange.
- 6 months ago
maybe because it's hot
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- daniel gLv 76 months ago
Compare mars to the other planets and see for yourself.
- StarryskyLv 76 months ago
Nobody wants to be called "Orange" anything nowadays.
- Jeffrey KLv 66 months ago
Because Mars is red.
It is covered with iron oxide - rust.
- CliveLv 76 months ago
Because it IS. Have you ever seen it? Just look up in the sky at it. Even the ancients with no telescopes could see it's red or at least pink-ish. Go out at night on a really DARK night (as ancient people had with no street lights) when it's above the horizon and it's very obviously a red point of light.
Never mind why it's red, the fact is that that's what you see.
That's even the reason for its name. Red looks like blood, you get a lot of blood in war, the ancient Roman god of war was Mars. Simple.
The equivalent in Greek mythology was Ares, so the equivalent of geography on Mars is areography.
And the word "planet" comes from the Greek "planetes", which means "wanderer". Planets are close to us on the cosmic scale, unlike stars, so they clearly move from night to night. So according to the ancient Greeks and Romans, it's one of those because it moves relative to other stars, it's clearly red, of course it's the red planet.
- .Lv 76 months ago
because it looks red
- Anonymous6 months ago
Mars is called the "Red Planet" for two reasons.
1- the iron oxide that often forms from the friction of Mars' numerous sandstorms
2- the lack of plankton that, in nature, often forms a larger variety of colors (mostly blue) upon floating on large bodies of water, that, of course, Mars does not have.
Science has taught me many things. I knew that all of this education would come in handy some day. Maybe soon I can get a real job and move out of mother's house.