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The Best Planets in the Solar System 

Tucker DeSaulnier
Updated July 9, 2020 5.3k votes 1.4k voters 25.3k views 8 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite solar system planets only. Not Pluto. Pluto's not a planet.

With this space list, astro-nuts can vote up the best planets in the solar system to settle once for all a question that has vexed humanity since we first gazed up at the stars: Which planet is the coolest? That's right, astronomy nerds, this is a rankable battle royale to determine the best planet in the solar system. The last planet standing wins the most contested championship title in our neck of the Milky Way!

Ladies and gentlemen, this one's for all the marbles. Which celestial object will be ranked as the most popular and therefore best planet in our stellar neighborhood? Will it be a ringed planet like Saturn? Or could it be Jupiter, that lovable gas giant? How about Mars, the planet right next door? Or maybe it'll be this pale blue dot, the familiar and lovable Earth? Even Uranus stands a chance, since its name gets giggles.

All the planets in the solar system have a shot at becoming the best. Except Pluto. Pluto's not a real planet. No matter how much we wish that plucky little underdog could compete, if we let Pluto play, then a bunch of other dwarf planets and trans-Neptunian objects would get to compete, too, and trust us, you don't want to bring those lightweights into this epic solar system smackdown.

Everyone has a planet they just know is the best, whether it has rings, a poisonous atmosphere, or a whole squad of moons as backup. So set aside that telescope and vote up your favorite planets in our solar system!
Earth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Planets in the Solar System
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Home to you, me, everyone we know, and everyone who has ever lived. This place is great. It's got just the right amount of oxygen, sunlight, and all the essential ingredients for life as we know it. It may not be as exciting or mysterious as some of the flashier planets, but Earth's been pretty good to us.
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Saturn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Planets in the Solar System
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A little flair can go a long way, and Saturn has arguably the best most eye-catching piece of flair in the solar system. Its beautiful rings made of ice and carbonaceous dust make it stand out in a line up of the planets, plus it has over 100 moons and moon-nuggets.
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Neptune is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Planets in the Solar System
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The other other ringed planet, Neptune's on the outer edge of the system, but it's a sharp blue color, thanks to all the methane in the atmosphere. Its orbit may keep Neptune in the backwaters of the solar system, but this icy mix of water, methane, and ammonia has something crucial going for it: mystery.

Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft that's ever really paid a visit to Neptune.

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Jupiter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Planets in the Solar System
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The big dog in this solar neighborhood, Jupiter accounts for more than twice as much mass as all seven other planets combined. Yeah, this planet is huge, but it's also a big softie; Jupiter's a gas giant, after all.
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