Throwback Thursday: Do you know your planets? (Synopsis)

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” –Mark Twain

You probably think you know the eight planets pretty well, don't you? Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, in order, with the four rocky inner worlds circumscribed by the four gas giants. But can you identify which is which?

Image credit: NASA / Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Image credit: NASA / Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

It isn't so easy if you're just shown a picture of a portion of a world, though, or a few candidate images that look somewhat similar, but only one is of the world you want. Think you can pass these two quizzes: one to match eight images to the eight planets, and another to pick each of the eight planets out of three candidate images?

Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2, but do you know of which world? Image credit: NASA / Voyager 2, but do you know of which world?

Go for it here, and see if you know your planets!

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Hi Ethan,
trust you enjoyed the weekend J4 break.
A great little quiz; should be more of it as a self-test, perhaps, with no answers 'til the following week.
Missed out on Jupiter polar view, and Neptunes rings.

6/8 on each test. Flipped Jupiter/Saturn images. But Saturn has that wild hexagonal polar vortex, and the one for Jupiter looked hexagonal.

By Omega Centauri (not verified) on 09 Jul 2015 #permalink

Hi Ethan, nice quiz. But take a look at the Quiz#2 Answers about Venus. The first "left" should be "right" ;)

A shame that we don't have bigger and better Titan surface images.

By Aerpoweron (not verified) on 10 Jul 2015 #permalink