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Fun Fact: All the Planets in the Solar System Could Fit Between Earth and the Moon

27 Jun 2020, 22:34 UTC
Fun Fact: All the Planets in the Solar System Could Fit Between Earth and the Moon
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Scale sizes of the planets (in orbital order) compared to Earth and the Moon
It might seem a bit far-fetched but yes, it’s true: if you could line up all of the other planets in our Solar System in a row edge-to-edge (or more geometrically accurately, limb-to-limb) and for good measure even include Pluto, the entire queue would easily fit within the space between Earth and the Moon.
(Not that this is something I advise doing, of course—the resulting tides would wreak havoc on the marinas and beachfront properties.)Take the equatorial diameters of all the other planets—not including the main rings of Saturn, which themselves (out to the F ring) span three quarters the distance to the Moon—and add them together and you get a sum of 390,316 kilometers (242,531 miles).
This is 15,380 km (9,556 miles) less than the 405,696-km (252,088-mile) distance of our Moon when it’s at apogee, the furthest point in its 27.3-day-long orbit around Earth.
That remaining gap is even big enough to fit an entire Earth into—with 2,624 km (1,630 miles) to spare! So you could accurately say ALL of the planets could fit between Earth and the Moon…including Pluto and Earth itself.
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