Mars is not the closest planet to Earth!

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Despite the commonly held belief that Mars is our nearest planetary neighbor, it isn’t. In some sense, the Moon could be considered a planet (certainly it is much larger than dwarf planet Pluto), but ignoring that, Venus is the closest other planet to Earth by a pretty large margin. On average, Mars can get as close as about 54 million km, or about 33.5 million miles to Earth. Venus, which is closer to the Sun, sometimes draws to about 41 million km, or about 25.5 million miles. So the next time you find an announcer or reporter or blogger blithly refering to Mars as the “nearest” planet, you will know that they have not done their homework.


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