Saturday, December 6, 2014

What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?


What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

An astronomical artist has created eye-opening illustrations imagining what the night sky would look like if the moon was replaced by the other planets in the solar system.
Ron Miller, a former art director for NASA, used digital trickery to superimpose scale drawings of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune over the same landscape, highlighting the sheer size of the planets.

The incredible drawings imagine each planet to be 233,812 miles from Earth - the same distance at which the moon orbits.
Enormous planet Jupiter, around 11 times the size of Earth, would dominate the skies while Mars would appear to be around twice the size of the moon. 
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
MERCURY
Diameter 4879 km |3031 miles
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
VENUS
Diameter 12,104 km | 7,521 miles
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
MARS
Diameter 6,792 km |4,220 miles
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?

JUPITER


Diameter 139,822 km | 86,881 miles

What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
SATURN
Diameter 116,464 km | 72,367 miles
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
URANUS
Diameter 50,724 km | 31,518 miles
What if Other Planets Were as Close to Earth as the Moon?
NEPTUNE
Diameter 49,244 km | 30,599 miles
Check out this visualization by Yeti Dynamics of what it might be like if the Moon was replaced with some of the other planets at the same distance as our moon:




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taken from The Atlantic (original link)


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