We often think of #Venus as our closest Solar System sibling. It's the most similar to #Earth in size, mass and composition. And we thought it was the closest in terms of physical distance – but it looks like that honour could belong to #Mercury. [Read More]
Summary… * Machine-Made
#Mercury is still the innermost planet, and #Venus's orbit is still closest to #Earth's orbit.
"In other words, #Mercury is closer to #Earth, on average, than #Venus is because it orbits the Sun more closely."
But if you subtract #Venus's distance from #Earth's, what you actually get is the average distance between their orbits – not the distance between the planets themselves.
#Mercury is actually, on average, the closest planet to all the other planets, too.
"In any case, at least we know now that #Venus is not our closest neighbour – and that #Mercury is everybody's."
Opinion… * Man-Made