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planetary packing

Saturday,  11/01/14  11:24 PM

Did you know?  You can fit every planet in the solar system between Earth and the Moon.  What's more, the fit is surprisingly good.  Maybe add a few exo-planets like Quaoar and it would be perfect.  There's no evidence at all that this is anything other than an amazing coincidence.

Looking at this diagram, I am struck by two things.  First, wow, the Moon is a *long* way from Earth.  Doesn't seem like it.  And second, wow, Jupiter and Saturn are *huge*.  (If it comes to that, so are Uranus and Neptune.)  Awesome!

(I always try to relay these useful facts as a public service :)

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