The many moons orbiting the planets of our solar system show the incredible diversity of celestial bodies living in this small corner of the universe. The satellites, who call it the home of the cosmic neighborhood, are present in all iterations: from oblong, sunken and fluffy, to smooth marble, numerous craters and marked braids.
It’s hard to wrap your head around such changes in size, shape, and surface features, not to wrap them all up, and compare them to the size of the Earth’s largest monuments and panoramas.
To help with these observations, curious people at MetaBallStudios have created a new informative video that screens an eclectic assortment of famous and less famous moons to see what they would all look like if they suddenly flew onto our planet.
Take a look at the small Saturn Aegaeon, the huge rock of Mars named Deima, the round globe of Saturn’s charcoal, and Jupiter’s epic sphere “Europe” as they all strike our crust for a convenient way to gather them all. Oh and my favorite globe rounds the pile.
Seen from this perspective, it’s amazing to see how tiny some of the moons look in a familiar environment. According to the latest data from NASA, there are 214 recognizable moons floating in the solar system, that is, 158 confirmed moons and 56 temporary moons, the ones we theorized may be there or have already been observed but not yet confirmed.
And the wealth of the spinning companions isn’t what can be called right, no matter how you cut it, and the gas giant Jupiter occupies the lion’s share, a total of 79, 26 of which are waiting for official names, to poor poverty without a single moon to call their own.
Has anyone gifted our beautiful light moon with the right moniker?