The planet closest to Earth is no longer Venus (or Mars)

The planet closest to Earth is not Venus. If your second tip is Mars, try again later.

Most people count the distance between two planets by subtracting their average distance from the Sun. This calculation has a single hook: you get the distance between them only when they are closest to each other. Since Earth and Venus circulate around the Sun at different speeds, they do not spend much time together.

However, when we look at Mercury, for example, the calculations begin to take on a completely different dimension. Unlike Venus, Mercury remains much longer in the vicinity of the Earth, and although its trajectory around the Sun is far from that Earth than the trajectory of Venus, can be considered our nearest planet.

In a new way of counting distances between planets, so-called point-circle methodthat is, the point-to-circle method, which consists of the mean of the distances between several points in the trajectory of each planet – the equation also counts a time factor.

By this calculation, we get the result that Mercury is closer to Earth for longer. But this planet is also closer to Saturn, Neptune and even to all other planets in the solar system.

Not everyone agrees with this understanding "Closer" planet.

"Let's say you live in a house and your neighbors spend half a year in a different place." Let's say you live in Wisconsin, and your closest neighbors are going through seven long winter months in Florida. Other neighbors would be closer to you during the winter, not those in Florida. "

In this way, the director of the Scientific Space Laboratory and professor of astronomy, Steven Beckwith, embarked on his thought process. In contrast, most people still consider their neighbors closer to those living next year. Finally, it seems to be the reader himself, which of the definitions "Close" preference.