Watch how this video brilliantly compares planet sizes
What if all planets were the same distance from Earth as the Moon?
- A video imagines what it would look like if the planets were all the same distance from Earth as the Moon.
- The largest planets like Jupiter and Saturn would loom large in the sky.
- Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system.
A graphic published on Twitter brings the relative sizes of planets into perspective by imagining: What if the planets were as far from us as the Moon?
Here's how that would look from a video originally created by Yeti Dynamics:
If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets
The fascinating post brings up the question: How big are the planets? If you were wondering, here's how that rundown goes (in terms of planet diameters):
- Jupiter : 142,984 km (88,846 mi)
- Saturn: 120,536 km (74897.6 mi)
- Uranus: 50,724 km (31,518.43 mi)
- Neptune: 49,244 km (30598.8 mi)
- Earth: 12,756 km (7926 mi)
- Venus: 12,104 km (7521 mi)
- Mars: 6779 km (4212.275 mi)
- Mercury: 4,879 km (3031.67 mi)
- Pluto - not currently considered a planet: 1,476.8 mi
Here's another way a NASA artist compared the relative planet sizes:
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Most people think human extinction would be bad. These people aren't philosophers.
- A new opinion piece in The New York Times argues that humanity is so horrible to other forms of life that our extinction wouldn't be all that bad, morally speaking.
- The author, Dr. Todd May, is a philosopher who is known for advising the writers of The Good Place.
- The idea of human extinction is a big one, with lots of disagreement on its moral value.
Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
- "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"