Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.

sgl_imaging_challenge_banner_beauty_night_skies.thumb.jpg.2711ade15e31d01524e7dc52d15c4217.jpg

lukebl

Which is the closest planet to Earth?

Recommended Posts

So which planet is closest to Earth? Venus, of course.

WRONG! On average, 46% of the time Mercury is the closest planet, Venus 36% of the time, and Mars 18%.

Fascinating fact courtesy of the BBC World Service.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think what most people usually mean is actually which planet comes closest to the earth.

John

Edited by johnturley
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Alernatively, which planet is closest to earth today?

I did a variant of this years ago for a quiz question. When Pluto was still a 'proper' planet but inside Neptune's orbit.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Or, more subtly, 'Which planet is, generally, closest to Earth?'

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That question was in our society xmas quiz this year. The answer was Mercury.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The question should be which planets orbit of the sun is closest to that of Earth's orbit of the sun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
On 21/01/2019 at 09:20, johnturley said:

I think what most people usually mean is actually which planet comes closest to the earth.

John

I watched part of a game show (in the USA) where the contestant lost a few hundred thousand dollars for saying that the planet that comes closest to Earth was Venus. The show's answer was Mars, which was incorrect of course. No one batted an eyelid or contested the answer on the show. I knew immediately the show's answer was incorrect and the man was wrongly stripped of his winnings. It seems no one of the younger generations is expected to think for themselves these days (in the US) and prefer to be told what is true without question. It's much easier than thinking for oneself.

Edited by Can always make it better
  • Sad 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Can always make it better said:

It seems no one of the younger generations is expected to think for themselves these days (in the US) and prefer to be told what is true without question. It's much easier than thinking for oneself.

Unfortunately almost half of the population in the US think the earth is only 6,000 years old!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.