A fascinating video which you can check out below demonstrates what different planets would look like in our sky if they were as close to Earth as the moon.
The universe is so vast that it's size is basically inconceivable to the human mind. Our solar system alone is massive beyond belief, and that is basically a speck of dust when compared to the entirety of what's out there. Voyager 1, the first man-made object to ever leave our solar system is traveling at almost 40,000 mph, and it took 36 years to reach the edge of our solar system.
That being said, there is plenty for us to discover within our own massive solar system before we venture out beyond that. Eight other planets, yes we are still including Pluto, each one of them very different with secrets we are yet to discover. If only some of them were closer to Earth so we could get a better look.
Thanks to Physics & Astronomy Zone on Twitter, we now know what some of our nearby planets would look like in Earth's sky if they were as close as our moon. Surprisingly, Mars and Venus would still be pretty small, although we'd obviously be able to get a better look at them than we can currently. The moon is almost 250,000 miles away remember, so not exactly close.
If Planets were as close as the Moon pic.twitter.com/bBwIPtRQ1J— Physics & Astronomy Zone (@ZonePhysics) November 25, 2018
That brings us to the much bigger planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Before watching the video above, we assumed that our solar system's two biggest planets would simply consume Earth were they as close as the moon. Not so. Jupiter's radius is only around 44,000 miles. That means if it were in the moon's position, it would still be more than 200,000 miles away from Earth. It would certainly take up a lot of our sky, though.
Before you head to the comments section and point out the obvious, we are very aware of the inherent risks that would come with another planet being as close to Earth as the moon. If Jupiter did indeed fill up most of our sky, we wouldn't have long to enjoy it. The massive planet's gravitational pull would suck us in and Earth would be no more. Still, it's nice to see what it would look like without the terrifying consequences.