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Which planet is closest to the sun?

A. Venus

B. Earth

C. Neptune

The answer is Venus.

How do you remember the order?

The first letter of each word gives you the first letter of the planets, in order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.

Thus simply remember the sentence:
“My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos”

illustration of solar system showing planets around sun

illustration of solar system showing planets around sun

Interesting Fact:
In 2006, a committee of astronomers elected that Pluto should not be classified as a planet. They considered how there are dwarf planets such as dwarf planet UB313 also known as Eris; and Pluto has certain similarities with that ‘dwarf planet’ classification rather than ‘planet’ classification. (click here for full details – opens in new window)



Stating the obvious here, but I enjoy riddles & puzzles. Anyone else also struggling with seemingly simple 5th grade math problems?

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