I found the answer to this question to be surprising, but obvious in retrospect; I recommend trying to figure out the question before looking up the answer. (via Michael Lugo)
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- i hate you for advertising service which forces me to registerMay 28, 2013
- I also deduced Mercury from the word 'surprised'. I'm not qualified to guess what my instantaneous answer would have been otherwise.May 28, 2013
- Jun 2, 2013
- I've created a solar system simulation for this:
http://www.robert-king.com/experiments/solar-system/Jun 25, 2013
- I thought I would find an answer in percentage terms, where the time each planet passes closer to the Earth, would be expressed thus: Mars = X%. Venus = Y%. Mercrio = Z%.
I think to find the answers, you need to align the four planets from the sun, measuring the time until the next alignment, and find the respective percentage of time for each planet.Dec 4, 2013
- I did guess Mercury b/c I remembered its orbital period being less than 1/4 that of Earth's.
Then I looked at the following animation which gave me a bit more confidence: