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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Astronomy Tuesday

 Here's something a little different, from the Twitter feed of Dr. James O'Donoghue.

You can fit all of the planets (and former planets) in the solar system in the space between Earth and our moon, as long as you tilt Saturn a little to allow for the rings. This feels like it cannot possibly be true, and yet it is. The average maximum distance to the moon is 405,000 km; the combined radii of Jupiter and Saturn are a bit under 130,000 km, leaving plenty of room for everybody else.

I can't believe no one ever told me this!

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