Nifty Tidbits

Nifty Tidbits: by Chuck Rigby

Originally printed in the Feb. 12, 2003 edition of the Illinois Valley News

Before the invention of telescopes, astronomers were aware of five objects in space which did not move the same way as stars. They called these objects planets, from the Greek word “piano” which means wandering. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all named for Roman gods. The next planet, Uranus, named for a Greek god, was . . .