Which Planet is Also Known as Red Planet?

By Esha Dhawan|Updated : July 12th, 2022

You must have learned about the solar system in elementary classes but do you know which planet is known as the red planet? Well, the answer is the fourth planet from the sun - Mars. But why is it called the red planet? Keep reading to find out.

Answer:

Mars is known as the Red Planet because the iron present in its soil oxidises to give it a reddish colour

The rusting of the iron minerals causes the atmosphere and the soil on Mars to appear Red in colour. As a result, Mars appears as a red star in the sky and due to its colour, the ancient Romans and Greeks named the planet after the god of war.

Summary:

Which Planet is Also Known as Red Planet?

The answer to which planet is known as the red planet is Mars. This is because of the oxidising of the iron minerals or rusting of the soil. As a result, the soil and the atmosphere both start looking orangey-red which has led to the title of the Red Planet. Lastly, it appears as a red star when viewed from earth.

 

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