Graphical way to remember planet names (from Stargazing Ploy lesson)
Here are pictures and ways to easily remember the planets. Remember 星xīng means star(actually 星星xīngxing) but in a planet name it is abbreviation for 星球xīngqiú(celestial body) or 行星(planet).
水星 shuǐxīng: Mercury, the water planent
Interestingly, the word for the "mercury" is 汞 gǒng and that has the water radical below 工gōng the phonetic.
金星 jīnxīng: Venus, the gold planet
Of course because it is the color of gold.
地球 dìqiú: Earth, the land sphere
Apparently from human perspective Earth wasn't given the planet/star 星 character, but is a sphere
火星 huǒxīng: Mars, fire planet
Red as fire, Mars it the god of war, red is the color of war
木星 mùxīng: Jupiter, the wood planet
This looks very much like wood, the color and has grain lines
土星 tǔxīng: Saturn, the dirt planet
Guess it kind of looks like dirt. Many probably wonder why it isn't called the ring planet, yet we can remember that it is frozen dust that forms those rings? Also, Saturn was the Roman diety of agricuture and harvest, so of course that has to do with dirt/the ground.
天王星 tiānwángxīng: Uranus, the sky king planet
Uranus in Greet mythology is the king of the sky
海王星 hǎiwángxīng: Neptune, sea king planet
Of course Neptune was the roman god of the sea
冥王星 míngwángxīng: Pluto, the netherworld(Hades) king
And Pluto in Roman mythology (Hades in Greek) was the king of the netherworld
(Pluto is now classified as a 矮行星ǎixíngxīng a drawf planet)
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