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Six Educational GIFs About The Planets

Space is an interesting place, but it can be hard to wrap your head around some of those out-of-this-world concepts. So what better way to learn facts about space than with GIFs? Here are six interesting and educational GIFs made from videos by Dr James O'Donoghue, a planetary scientist based at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Enjoy learning, space cadets. Want to learn more? Check out this article about how the new Mac Pro isn't good at grating cheese

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    gif of hexagon on saturn's north pole size comparison earth
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    The scale of Saturn's polar hexagon, which may be made from a jet stream made of atmospheric gases. 


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    gif showing all planets in solar system tilts and spins
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    The tilts and spins of the planets in the solar system


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    GIF showing how many of saturn's rings can fit inside our moon
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    How many Saturn's rings fit inside our Moon? Saturn's rings are 1,000 times the surface area of our Moon, but 5,000 of them are needed to fill up the Moon. That is because they are incredibly thin - most of them are under 10 meters thick.


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    lines showing the color and pattern of planets and the speed of their rotation compared to others
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    Relative rotations of the planets shown moving to relative scale. 


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    gif of eight planets to scale and their tilts and rotations
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    The eight planets (and two dwarf planets) to scale, and their rotations, tilts and sidereal day lengths



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    Astronomical object - Twinkling Star x50 zoomed in Jupiter James O'Donoghue, NASA imagery, @physicsJ
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    Planets don't twinkle - stars do

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