You might think it is pretty simple to work out the ten largest bodies in our solar system, but due to planets not being totally spherical it is harder than you think to work out their maximum diameter, so one or two from this list might well surprise you…
The Top 10 Largest Bodies in Our Solar System
10 – Ganymede (Largest Moon of Jupiter) – Maximum Diameter: 3,270 Miles
I always thought it was the home planet of Dr Who! But it turns out to be a very big moon indeed, bigger than many other planets!
9 – Triton (Largest Moon of Neptune) – Maximum Diameter: 3,728 Miles
Yet another moon that is bigger than some planets. If planets were having a ‘moon-off’, this one would win aginst most of them.
8 – Mars – Maximum Diameter: 4,222 Miles
Will we one day see human footprints on this dusty red planet? I sure hope so and it might well be us humans greatest achievement.
7 – Venus – Maximum Diameter: 7,520 Miles
It spins around the sun every 224.7 Earth days and also has the longest rotation period of any other planet in our Solar System.
6 – Earth – Maximum Diameter: 7,926 Miles
Some might tell you it is a big world out there, but when it comes to our place in the Galaxy, we are little more than a speck of dust blowing in the wind.
5 – Neptune – Maximum Diameter: 30,938 Miles
It’s big, its blue and some might say it is beautiful. And needless to say, it is also pretty big!
4 – Uranus – Maximum Diameter: 31,938 Miles
It might be the butt of Earthling jokes, but when it comes to size it could take Earth around the back of the bike sheds and give it a good hammering.
3 – Saturn – Maximum Diameter: 74,875 Miles
They don’t call this planet a Gas Giant for nothing. Oddly, even if you included the rings around this planet it’s position still wouldn’t change.
2 – Jupiter – Maximum Diameter: 88,782 Miles
A planet that would eat most other planets for breakfast and still have room for asteroid snacks while running around the sun, this is one giant 4 ringed planet.
1 – The Sun – Maximum Diameter: 865.272 Miles
When it comes to the largest bodies in our solar system The Sun is the true star. Luckily for us, it won’t be getting any bigger until it starts to become a red giant star. The good news is we are about 5 billion years away from that happen, so no need to stock up on sun screen just yet.
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