The Best Planets in the Solar System

With this space list, astro-nuts can vote up the best planets in the to settle once for all a question that has vexed humanity since we first gazed up at the stars: Which planet is the coolest? That’s right, astronomy nerds, this is a rankable battle royale to determine the best planet in the solar system. The last planet standing wins the most contested championship title in our neck of the Milky Way!Ā Ladies and gentlemen, this one’s for all the marbles. Which celestial object will be ranked as the most popular and therefore best planet in our stellar neighborhood? Will it be a ringed planet like Saturn? Or could it be Jupiter, that lovable gas giant? How about Mars, the planet right next door? Or maybe it’ll be this pale blue dot, the familiar and lovable Earth? Even Uranus stands a chance, since its name gets giggles. Ā  Ā All the planets in the solar system have a shot at becoming the best. Except Pluto. Pluto’s not a real planet. No matter how much we wish that plucky little underdog could compete, if we let Pluto play, then a bunch of other dwarf planets and trans-Neptunian objects would get to compete, too, and trust us, you don’t want to bring those lightweights into this epic solar system smackdown.

Everyone has a planet they just know is the best, whether it has rings, a poisonous atmosphere, or a whole squad of moons as backup. So set aside that telescope and vote up your favorite planets in our solar system!

 

Home to you, me, everyone we know, and everyone who has ever lived. This place is great. It’s got just the right amount of oxygen, sunlight, and all the essential ingredients for life as we know it. It may not be as exciting or mysterious as some of the flashier planets, but Earth’s been pretty good to us.
A little flair can go a long way, and Saturn has arguably the best most eye-catching piece of flair in the solar system. Its beautiful rings made of ice andĀ carbonaceous dust make it stand out in a line up of the planets, plus it has over 100 moons and moon-nuggets.
The big dog in this solar neighborhood, Jupiter accounts for more than twice as much mass as all seven other planets combined. Yeah, this planet is huge, but it’s also a big softie; Jupiter’s a gas giant, after all.
The otherĀ otherĀ ringed planet, Neptune’s on the outer edge of the system, but it’s a sharp blue color, thanks to all the methane in the atmosphere. Its orbit may keep Neptune in the backwaters of the solar system, but this icy mix of water, methane, and ammonia has something crucial going for it: mystery.Ā Voyager 2Ā is the only spacecraft that’s ever really paid a visit to Neptune.
This place seems pretty cool. A little barren, maybe, but itĀ isĀ our closest neighbor, so we should probably at least have a look around, maybe see if someone left the water running. We’ve already left a bunch of rovers there, so we might as well go pick ’em up.
The Smucker’s of the solar system: With a name like Uranus, it has to be good. No really, though. Uranus is cooler than you might think. This planet has its own set of rings, and while they may not be flashy as Saturn’s, that has to count for something.
A dry, hellish place, Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system, even hotter than Mercury. Sounds like a pretty good place to take a spa day, except for all the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the clouds made of sulfuric acid. Still, Venus is similar enough to Earth that it’s often called our sister planet. The cooler older sister, perhaps?
Who doesn’t love a tiny tough guy? The smallest planet in the system since Pluto was kicked to the cosmic curb, Mercury takes a licking but keeps on ticking. It has virtually no atmosphere, so the whole place gets totally shellacked by asteroids and space junk.