May 11, 2013

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

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What if a celestial body like Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, was as close to the Earth as our moon? Would it fill the night sky? Illustrator and author Ron Miller sought to answer the question using the reference photograph above.

It’s important to note that this is strictly a visual exercise. If a planet like Jupiter were actually as close to Earth as the Moon, its immense gravitation would wreak havoc on our planet. So for the gallery below, please temporarily suspend your disbelief and just imagine how amazing it would be to see a planet like Saturn in such incredible detail.

For reference, the Moon is about 386,243 km (240,000 miles) from Earth and has a diameter of approximately 3,476 km (2,160 miles). The Earth’s diameter is 12,742 km (7,918 miles)

[Ron Miller/Black Cat Studios via io9.com]

 

MARS
Diameter 6,792 km |4,220 miles

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VENUS
Diameter 12,104 km | 7,521 miles

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NEPTUNE
Diameter 49,244 km | 30,599 miles

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URANUS
Diameter 50,724 km | 31,518 miles

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SATURN
Diameter 116,464 km | 72,367 miles

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JUPITER
Diameter 139,822 km | 86,881 miles

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