Why are a few things in our universe named after chocolate?

  • Like the title says, why are a few things in our universe named after chocolate?



    For example, there are the Milky Way, galaxy and Mars.



    Is there a reason for this or not? Or is it that the chocolates were named after them?


    The latter (of course), unless you think the Romans were eating Mars bars...

    True! Didn't think of that!

    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not a real question

    @RoryAlsop I see what you mean and since I cant delete it my self (due to there being answers) I have flagged it off topic too.

  • HDE 226868

    HDE 226868 Correct answer

    7 years ago

    None of these things were named after chocolate.



    Milky Way



    The name comes from a Greek myth, at the end of which Hera - Zeus' wife - spills her breast milk. In places where the sky has not been affected by light pollution, the Milky Way looks like a milky-white streak. Hence the name.



    The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1923. Apparently, it was not named after our home galaxy, but after a milk shake of a similar name.



    Galaxy



    The Greek word γαλαξίας (galaxias) is closely tied to the Milky Way (because, for a long, long time, other galaxies were considered nebulae - "island universes"). It's English translation is "milky one" - a nod to the same Greek myth.



    The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1960.



    Mars



    Mars was a Roman god, not a Greek one (his Greek equivalent is Ares, I think). The name dates back for millennia - indeed, the Greeks associated Ares with the planet.



    The chocolate of the same name was introduced in 1932.


    The Greek equivalent for Mars is indeed Arès, hence the name of the two Mars' satellites. Phobos and Deimos were the two horses of Arès ;)

    Both of Mars's moons Phobos and Deimos were discovered in 1877 by American astronomer Asaph Hall, so they were named much later than Mars itself.

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