How Much Would You Weigh On Another Planet, or the Sun?
This is a very interesting topic. What is the weight? It’s the result of the mass of an object and the gravity pull of the earth of that object. As such, the weight of something would vary depending on the planet its located on.
In simple words, we calculate weight by multiplying the mass by gravity on the surface of the planet. Since you know your weight on Earth, and the surface gravity on Earth, you can calculate your mass.
Then, you can calculate your weight on any other planet by using the surface gravity of that planet in the same equation.
We’ll discuss some examples, and go on a little more depth about the math behind it all. All examples will be calculated using the following formula: Weight = Mass x Surface Gravity. Moreover, all examples will be using my own personal weight: I weigh 154 pounds (70 kg).
If you had my weight, your weight on the sun would be 4321 pounds (1910.53 kg). How heavy does that sound?
An interesting fact about the sun: it travels at 220 km per second. It’s 24,000-26,000 light-years from the galatic center, so it would take 225-250 million years for the sun to complete an orbit around the Milky Way.
You could fit in about 1,300,000x Earth’s into the sun. Pretty cool!
If you had my weight, your weight on Mercury would be 58.2 pounds (26.5 kg). Doesn’t that sound extremely light?
An interesting fact about Mercury: even when it’s the smallest planet in our solar system, it’s the second most dense planet after the Earth.
In relationship to Earth, it’s about 0.0553x of it. Just 5%.
If you had my weight, your weight on Venus would be 140.1 pounds (63.7 kg). Isn’t that quite similar to Earth?
Maybe it isn’t.
An interesting fact about Venus: it has the longest rotation found on our solar system. 1 solar day in Venus is about 117 days on our planet. Isn’t that quite odd?
It’s just about the size of our planet, it’s 0.815x.
If you had my weight, your weight on Mars would be 58.4 pounds (26.5 kg). That’s pretty much like my weight on Mercury!
Do you think it feels the same?
An interesting fact about Mars: during the martian day, the sky is pinkish-red, which is the opposite of Earth’s skies.
It’s just about 10% the size of our home, exactly 0.107x.
If you had my weight, your weight on Jupiter would be 360.4 pounds (163.8 kg). Not good for a gaseous planet.
Does Jupiter have a surface?
An interesting fact about Jupiter: it has the shortest days of all planets! Jupiter turns on its axis once every 9 hours and 55 minutes. How crazy is that?
It’s about 318x times bigger than our Earth!
If you had my weight, your weight on Saturn would be 143.2 pounds (65.1 kg). It’s interesting that it’s less than on Earth!
But, would it feel the exact same?
An interesting fact about Saturn: it’s the most distant planet that you’re able to see with the naked eye.
This planet is about 95.2x times bigger than our planet!
If you had my weight, your weight on Uranus would be 141.7 pounds (64.4 kg). It’s pretty similar to the previous one!
Probably, we won’t be able to envision what it feels to be there.
An interesting fact about Uranus: it has 27 moons, and it’s 4 times as big as Earth! The most interesting fact is that it rotates on its side.
Uranus is 14.5x times as big as Earth.
If you had my weight, your weight on Neptune would be 172.5 pounds (78.4 kg). Why is it more this time?
Could a probe allow us to imagine what it is like?
An interesting fact about Neptune: it’s the coldest and furthest away planet on the solar system, but it has an almost earth-like surface gravity.
Neptune is 17.1x times bigger than our planet.
Even though this has gotten repetitive, I think that it’s a very interesting thing to think about. What do you think? Hit me up in Twitter!
October 31st, 2020