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Which Planet Orbits our Sun the Fastest?

14 Jan 2016, 21:33 UTC
Which Planet Orbits our Sun the Fastest?
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Question: Which planet in our solar system is orbiting the sun at the fastest speed? — Mike
Answer: Mercury is the winner at an orbital speed of about 47.87 km/s (107,082 miles per hour), which is a period of about 87.97 Earth days. Just for your information, here is a list of the orbital speeds (and periods) for all 8 (plus Pluto) planets:

Mercury: 47.87 km/s (107,082 miles per hour), or a period of about 87.97 days
Venus: 35.02 km/s (78,337 miles per hour), or a period of about 224.7 days
Earth: 29.78 km/s (66,615 miles per hour), or a period of about 365.256365 days
Mars: 24.077 km/s (53,853 miles per hour), or a period of about 686.93 days
Jupiter: 13.07 km/s (29,236 miles per hour), or a period of about 11.86 years
Saturn: 9.69 km/s (21,675 miles per hour), or a period of about 29.42 years
Uranus: 6.81 km/s (15,233 miles per hour), or a period of about 83.75 years
Neptune: 5.43 km/s (12,146 miles per hour), or a period of about 163.72 years
Pluto: 4.74 km/s (10,603 miles per hour), or a period of about 247.92 years

Jeff Mangum

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