Is there really that much space?
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Is there really that much space?

Can You Fit Every Planet In Our Solar System Between The Earth And Moon?

You have likely seen the images claiming that every planet in our solar system could fit between the Earth and Moon (with distance to spare). Is there any truth to this large claim?
There is indeed truth to this fantastic claim! The distance between the Earth and Moon is considerable (and getting greater as the moon slowly gets further away from our planet), measuring about 252,300 miles (or 406,000 kilometers). To figure out if all of the planets would fit within this space we need to do more math.
The number we are looking for is the average diameter of each of the planets (Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), then subtract that from the Earth to Moon space.
The rough average of all of the above planets' diameter is 236,120 miles or (380,000 kilometers). Doing the math, that gives us more than enough space to fit each of the planets.
The space is so great, it leaves us 16180.0000497 miles (or 26039.186 kilometers). This figure seems crazy, but most images of our solar system and of our planet and moon do little to really illustrate the vast distances and size difference between celestial objects. To be fair, you would need a very big sheet of paper.
Our moon is quite large as far as moons in our solar system go. The only moons bigger than it are Jupiter's moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Io, and Saturn's moon Titan.
We have some pretty neat moons in our solar system.
We have some pretty neat moons in our solar system.
A more accurate image showing the distance between the Earth and Moon.
A more accurate image showing the distance between the Earth and Moon.
“ The distance between the Earth and Moon is considerable.”
Also quite inaccurate in terms of distance between all of these objects.
Also quite inaccurate in terms of distance between all of these objects.
This is grossly inaccurate. The terrestrial planets are far too big.
This is grossly inaccurate. The terrestrial planets are far too big.
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