Most planets in the solar system have moons named after Greek and Roman mythological figures. What planet has moons named after Shakespeare characters?
Earth might have just one moon, but Uranus has 27. Students of Shakespeare will recognize Ophelia, Juliet and Rosalind, among others. With the high number of moons orbiting Uranus, Shakespeare isn’t the only one to get naming rights. Alexander Pope also has moons named after his literary works. Source: NASA
Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun. It has the third-largest planetary radius and fourth-largest planetary mass in the Solar System. Uranus is similar in composition to Neptune, and both have different bulk chemical composition from that of the larger gas giants Jupiter and Saturn.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all discovered in modern times, but their names are all still linked to ancient myths. Uranus is the Greek ruler of the heavens, Neptune (Greek: Poseidon) is the Roman god of the sea, and Pluto (Greek: Hades) is god of the underworld.
The names of moons orbiting planets are also influenced by mythology. This is all except for one planet. The moons orbiting Uranus are named after characters in plays, mostly after characters in plays written by William Shakespeare. Why would you name moons after characters in a play though? Before I answer that, here’s my quick guide to Shakespeare.