The Earth, the Moon, and the Ugly

So it seems we could fit all of the solar system planets between the Earth and the Moon!

[edit: this is only true some of the time since the Earth-Moon distance is not constant, but changes over the course of each orbit]


Usually we think about Earth-Moon distance not as long as it really is.
Also the distance from the planets to the Sun is quite surprising, they are so much far away from the Sun that we wonder how the Sun’s gravity can even have any influence from such distance.

I recommend to watch the documentary “THE UNIVERSE - How Big, How Far, How Fast”
It’s talk just about that too.