The Planets, Ranked
Our solar system is a fascinating and unique place. The more we look to the stars and discover other solar systems the more odd an and special ours becomes. For example most solar systems have gas giants in really tight orbits to their Suns. Ours doesn't.
- 8.MercuryMercury is tiny, pock marked wasteland and and I've never been too interested in it. However here are two fascinating facts: Mercury is know for being hot but it can also be very cold over -270F, making it the planet with the largest temperature swing in the solar system. Since it's so close to the sun, it's almost completely tidally locked making a day on Mercury 176 earth days.
- 7.UranusUranus is another planet that has never really captivated my interest for too long. Maybe unfortunate name choice is partially to blame. Fun fact, scientists aren't 100 percent sure what the proper pronunciation of its name really is. Look it up. A couple fun facts: It's the only planet with a retrograde orbit and it's the coldest planet in the solar system.
- 6.VenusVenus is another wasteland planet similar to the size of our own. Even though its the second second furthest planet from the sun, it's dense atmosphere with its runaway greenhouse effect has made it by far the hottest planet in our solar system.
- 5.NeptuneI don't find Neptune too interesting, but I have been fascinated by its moon Triton. Triton has a retrograde orbit (and orbit opposite of the spin of the planet) most likely because it wasn't originally a moon of Neptune and later captured by its orbit, how cool? Triton is thought to have a layer of liquid water under it's icy surface. Lastly, one day it's orbit will get too close to Neptune, causing Neptune's gravity to tear it apart and form a ring. Fun fact, this will happen to our moon too.
- 4.MarsThe planet we probably know the most about outside of our own. I love this planet. Mars represents this idea of exploration and wonder that harkens back to early explorers discovering new continents. Mars once had a stronger electric field, atmosphere and liquid water. I believe we will find some form of extinct life on Mars. It's just a matter of when. What if our own planet was seeded by microorganisms from Mars that stowed away on a meteorite? Fun thought.
- 3.SaturnSaturn is big, beautiful, and super interesting. It has the most expansive and iconic ring system in the solar system. It has 150 know moons! That's crazy. And one of them, Titan, has a dense atmosphere, lakes of liquid methane and can potentially harbor life, but not any life as we know it. That's not only amazing but is the reason Saturn makes the top 3.
- 2.EarthEarth is pretty awesome. It has vast liquid oceans. It's climate and location in our solar system is perfect. Our moon is uniquely large causing tides and a further temperate environment. Pretty much everything about our planet makes it perfect to harbor life. That's pretty amazing. It's the only known place in the universe to have life. It's our only home and we should treat it better. But why isn't number one you ask? Well read on.
- 1.JupiterIf Earth is the star of the show, Jupiter is the coach in the background making sure it reached its full potential. Jupiter's mass and magnetic fields are so great that any asteroids,meteorites, debris are pulled in or deflected, creating a safer place for our planet to form. Jupiter also has 67 moons! One of which, Europa, has a chance of life existing. Europa is believed to have liquid water ocean under its ice crust, and where there's water there could be life. Jupiter, the best planet.