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Is Venus really the closest planet to Earth ?

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third_eye

No wonder those pesky aliens keep landing on earth by mistake ...

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Taun

I had a High School Science teacher who always stressed that you should say, "The orbit of Venus, is closest to the Earth"...

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Piney

Mercury's core size indicates it might of been a gas giant pulled closer and stripped by the sun. 

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spud the mackem

How do they work this one out , does it mean that Mercury crosses Venus' path (in front or behind ) to get closer to us ,  or Venus crosses the Mercury orbit and gets closer to the sun  , lets have some proof from the person who thought up this one .

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Imaginarynumber1
22 minutes ago, spud the mackem said:

How do they work this one out , does it mean that Mercury crosses Venus' path (in front or behind ) to get closer to us ,  or Venus crosses the Mercury orbit and gets closer to the sun  , lets have some proof from the person who thought up this one .

Or try reading the link that literally explains it all.

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and then
1 hour ago, Taun said:

I had a High School Science teacher who always stressed that you should say, "The orbit of Venus, is closest to the Earth"...

I had one who always corrected us about calling "black" or "white", colors.  He said white was a combination of all colors and black was a total absence of colors.  yeah, he really was as popular as you'd expect ;) 

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Rlyeh
52 minutes ago, spud the mackem said:

How do they work this one out , does it mean that Mercury crosses Venus' path (in front or behind ) to get closer to us ,  or Venus crosses the Mercury orbit and gets closer to the sun  , lets have some proof from the person who thought up this one .

Neither.  It's talking about the average distance.  For examples, when Venus is on the opposite side of the Sun to Earth, Mercury will be closer.

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acute

At present, the closest thing to Earth is Nibiru.

DUCK AND COVER !!!

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Essan
3 hours ago, spud the mackem said:

How do they work this one out , does it mean that Mercury crosses Venus' path (in front or behind ) to get closer to us ,  or Venus crosses the Mercury orbit and gets closer to the sun  , lets have some proof from the person who thought up this one .

No, it's quite logical really

Venus has a long orbit and is often on the opposite side of the Sun to Earth, so farther away.  Same with Mars.   Mercury has a much shorter orbit and is therefore more often closer to the Earth.  So whilst Venus has the closest orbit, more often Mercury is actually the closest planet to Earth on account of both planets being more regularly on the same side of the Sun at the same time.

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