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What elements on the periodic table are named after gods?

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Mercury, vanadium (Vanadis) and thorium (Thor) are named after gods directly; titanium was named after the Greek Titans, a collective name for a particular group of divine beings. Cerium (Ceres), selenium (Selene), palladium (Pallas), uranium (Uranus), neptunium (Neptune) and plutonium (Pluto) are all named after celestial bodies which were themselves named after (or at least shared the names of) gods, so indirectly they're named after gods. Tantalum (Tantalus) and niobium (Niobe) are named after mythological figures who were related to gods, but weren't actually worshiped as gods themselves. Cobalt and nickel are named after supernatural beings (German kobold meaning "goblin" and Nickel, the name of a mischievous Sprite).

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I don't believe any of them just came out of the sky, if you will. Some of them are named after Roman Gods, some of them are Latin (from A LONG time ago), and some of them are named after their discoverers.


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Many periodic elements have names that are related to mythological figures. those that take their names from Roman gods include Neptunium (Neptune) and Mercury (Mercury), which were named for the planets.


Just glancing at the periodic table I can see 12 elements named after actual people, and a few named after gods from mythology, but we won't count them. They are curium (after the madame), einsteinium (after Albert), fermium (Enrico Fermi), mendelevium (Dmitri Mendeleev, who organized the periodic table the way it is), nobelium (Alfred Nobel, the man behind the prize), lawrencium (for physicist Ernest O. Lawrence, whose name is also given to the Lawrence-Berkeley lab in California), rutherfordium (Ernest Rutherford), seaborgium (Glenn Seaborg, who discovered a bunch of the transuranic elements), bohrium (after Niels), meitnerium (for Lise Meitner, a Manhattan Project contributor), roentgenium (for Wilhelm Roentgen, discoverer of x-rays), and copernicium (for Nick Copernicus). A bunch more are named after places, like cities or countries where they were discovered or where their discoverers were from.


Roman gods: Neptunium( neptune), Plutonium ( pluto),


Sometimes they are named after Greek or Roman gods, like Plutonium (Pluto). Others are named after prominent physicists and chemists (Einsteinium). There are also elements named after countries (Germanium), regions (Scandium), cities (Holmium is named after Stockholm), small towns (Ytterbium), continents (Europium), Chemical properties (Argon is Greek for "lazy", Tungsten is Swedish for "heavy stone"), or factors to do with their discovery (Neon for "new", Helium after Greek helios = sun, because an important feature of its discovery on Earth was that it matched previously unassigned lines in the spectrum of the sun)



Indeed. They were named after Roman and Greek gods.


The planets are named after Roman Gods, Mercury is named after Mercury, the messenger of the Gods


None of the Constellations are named after the gods. They are named after heroes and creatures.


The planets are named after the Gods.


They were named after the Roman gods. and the greek and Anglo saxson gods


All planets are named after Roman Gods


No, planets were named for Greek and Roman gods.



Named after the Roman Gods (basically Greek Gods with different names)


Plutonium Pu, Uranium U, Neptunium Np and Mercury Hg


Some Planets are named after gods .so poseidon says this is a quest for halima and kowsar to find why gods are named after planets. quick


they are named after greek gods.


Yes they were named after Greek gods. They are the same gods same power but different names. The most important gods are named after planets


planets are named after the roman names for gods ex. Jupiter is the roman name for Zeus the god of gods


The days of the week are in part named after Norse gods (and also after the sun and the moon, which are not Norse gods).


No, the Roman gods and goddesses are named after the planets in the solar system. The gods and goddesses are the same as the Greek gods and goddesses but are only named diffrently.


It was named after the king of the gods.


Nothing, things are named AFTER greek gods. Mars is the god of war, That's why they named mars Mars. and countless others of things that are named after them



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