The Wanderer

The Ancient Greeks believed the other planets of our Solar System rotated around the Earth, they called these ‘Wandering Stars’, or ‘Wanderers’.

“We derive the word ‘planet’ from the Greek ‘planetes’, which means ‘a traveller’ or ‘a wanderer’. Whereas the stars kept their distances with respect to one another, and hence could be linked together to form constellations, the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn constantly changed their positions against the background stars, and this was why they were called wanderers, or planets.” (2014, p. 23)

Reference:

Seymour, P. (2014) Astronomy: All That Matters.London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Shoot: 31st December 2017
Location: Kielder Forest

 

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