The Ultimate, Indisputable Ranking of Planets in the Solar System
Recently, my colleagues at Deadspin posted
Here is the one true ranking of planets in our solar system, which has perhaps only been previously uttered under the influence of rose.
Mercury is the Scranton, Pennsylvania of the solar system-but even worse because it's stupidly hot. It's
tiny, rocky, and uninspiring
, though I know my friend and colleague Ryan Mandelbaum
. Respectfully, he is wrong.
On paper, Earth has everything going for it: beautiful blue oceans, expansive terrain, and dogs. Unfortunately, it also has humans, who've gone out of their way to
make Earth a trash planet
. The human infestation puts Earth narrowly above Mercury, only because I find Mercury suspicious. What is it trying to
Named after the goddess of love, Venus is actually a literal hellscape with sulfuric acid thunderclouds and surface temperatures of 880 degrees Fahrenheit (471 degrees Celsius). For this reason, no spacecraft has ever made on Venus more than a few minutes. It's pretty badass, but also, no thank you.
We don't know enough about Neptune to feel that passionately about it in either direction. It has some
, and some
mysterious dark vortexes.
might rain diamonds there
. For all intents and purposes, Neptune is Fine, which is why I'm putting it at five.
At first glance, Mars is a barren, overhyped litter box. But it's also (very likely) got
on it. Mars also has two garbage moons, one of which is
literally falling apart under the weight of its own stress
, which is something we can all relate to. In all, Mars is doing its best, and I can't help but respect that.
A lot of folks will be mad at me for not putting Jupiter first. In truth, Jupiter's thiccness is
. It also has
(nice). But the remaining two planets just narrowly beat out ol' Jupe by being a little less perfect. Imperfection breeds character, okay?
Uranus is so much more than the
butt of everyone's jokes
. It's also drunk as hell, spinning on its side at a
98 degrees off its orbital plane
. Beneath its
, Uranus is actually pretty lovable. Did you know its moons are named after Shakespeare characters?
Behold, beautiful Saturn-the golden retriever of the solar system . Its icy rings have inspired artists, poets, and at least one blogger . This planet has the coolest moons, including Enceladus and Titan . Though our most recent mission to Saturn just ended ( RIP Cassini ), our next trip to this gentle giant will very likely be a hunt for alien life.
Much like a Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Saturn is not just a destination, it's a feeling. Simply looking at photos of Saturn transports you to a foreign planet teeming with mystery. In its vastness, Saturn also reminds us what connects humanity to the rest of the cosmos-that we're made of the same stuff as these weird, wonderful worlds.