Here's What Our Solar System's 'Non Planets' Would Look Like on Earth

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 5:33PM
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 - 5:33PM
Here's What Our Solar System's 'Non Planets' Would Look Like on Earth
While our 8 planets (sorry Pluto) may be the big wigs of the solar system, it's actually the non-planets that have been making most of the headlines in recent years. Ceres, with its mysterious white spots, the potential for finding life on Europa, and New Horizons' brief and brilliant rendezvous with Pluto, there's a lot of excitement over these minor occupants of our solar system. 

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To give you an idea of just how minor these non-planets are, Kristoffer Åberg of Örebro Astronomi has taken images of each one and shown how their surface areas would all fit neatly over Earth. While Åberg admits that there is a level of uncertainty when it comes to the size of some our most-distant moons and asteroids, the image serves as a fantastic reminder of the size of these exotic worlds. For example, Enceladus (another candidate in the hunt for alien life) only covers an area roughly equal to that of Mozambique, while Pluto could almost be dwarfed by Russia.

Here's a list of every celestial body represented on this map:

Dwarf planets
- Pluto
- Eris
- Ceres
- Makemake
- Quaoar
- Sedna
- Haumea.

Asteroids
- Vesta
- Pallas.

Moons
- Earth - Moon
- Jupiter - Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa.
- Saturn - Titan, Rhea, Iapetus, Dione, Tethys, Enceladus and Mimas.
- Uranus - Titania, Oberon, Umbriel, Ariel and Miranda.
- Neptune - Triton
- Pluto - Charon
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