Planetary Distances to the Sun

Okay, hear me out – Mercury is the closest planet to every other planet in the Solar System, on average. When I read this it kind of blew my mind but after reading this article it makes a lot of sense. This is true because Mercury is on a very tight orbit around the sun. The other planets, because of their much larger orbits, spend a lot of time very far away from each other. Therefore, Mercury is the closest planet to all the other planets! The article hyperlinked above has a model that shows this quite clearly. The man runs a model over 10,000 years and calculates the distances each day and averages them out to find that Mercury is the closest planet to Earth around 45% of the time, Venus is 35% and Mars is the closest 20% of the time.

Source: Extreme Tech

One thought on “Planetary Distances to the Sun

  1. WAH This blew my mind! It is easy for us to underestimate the enormous paths that planets must travel to fully circumnavigate the sun. I can’t wait to share this fun fact at a party. Thanks for the illustrative gif.

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