Looking up into the night sky, it can be difficult to comprehend the vastness of space that surrounds Earth – and the awesome size of the various stellar and planetary bodies on display.
The pole star, Polaris, may sometimes appear only as a faint flash above the tree line, but it’s actually about 50 times the diameter of the Sun, according to Astro Backyard. Its mass is about 4.5 times the mass of the Sun.
Although most stars are much larger than planets, some planets are impressively large as well.
Which planet has the most moons? :The moons of Saturn, Venus and Jupiter explained.
What is the hottest planet? :In our solar system, the hottest planet is not the one closest to the Sun.
Just curious?:We are here to answer your everyday questions.
What is the largest planet in our solar system?
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, according to NASA. The planet is what is called a gas giant, which means it has no solid surface – although it may have a solid core the size of Earth.
Jupiter’s radius is greater than 11 times Earth’s equatorial radius, according to AZ Animals.
What is the largest planet ever discovered?
The largest exoplanet (not counting brown dwarfs, which are failed stars) is ROXs 42Bb, according to AZ Animals. This planet has a radius 2.5 times that of Jupiter.
Brown dwarfs aren’t technically planets, but since they aren’t entirely stars, they are sometimes included in this conversation. One of the largest known brown dwarfs is HD 100546 b, which has a radius 6.9 times that of Jupiter, according to AZ Animals.