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There are may mnemonics for remembering the order of the planets in our solar system - one of the most popular being
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
but the demise of Pluto as a planet has changed the picture! During the debate over the number of planets, some new mneumonics have been created and while there was a possiblity of keeping Pluto and adding Charon and Xena so:
My Very Eager Man-Child Just Sent Us Perfectly Capable Xenophobes.
However, the smaller Planets got kicked out and so
My! Very Educated Morons Just Screwed Up Numerous Planetariums
and we now have a plethora of mneumonics for the eight remaining planets such as this variation:
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing
but a very clever one found on Wikipedia goes:
My Very Easy Method Just Stop Using Nine!





Mercury
Picture of Mercury taken from Mariner 10 - NASA
Mercury
Distance from Sun 38 Million Miles
Diameter 3000 miles
Orbit 88 days
Rotation Period 58 days
Temperature -170°C to +400°C
Satellites 0






Venus
Computer Simulated Globe View of Venus centered at Latitude 180° East - NASA
Venus
Distance from Sun 67 Million Miles
Diameter 7500 miles
Orbit 225 days
Rotation Period 243 days
Temperature up to 480°C
Satellites 0






Earth
Earth - NASA - Apollo 17 Crew
Earth
Distance from Sun 93 Million Miles
Diameter 7900 miles
Orbit 365.3 days
Rotation Period 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds
Temperature -88°C to +58°C
Satellites 1






Mars
Mars - JPL/NASA
Mars
Distance from Sun 141 Million Miles
Diameter 4200 miles
Orbit 687 days
Rotation Period 24.5 hours
Temperature -140°C to +20°C
Satellites 2






Jupiter
Jupiter - NASA
Jupiter
Distance from Sun 482 Million Miles
Diameter 88250 miles
Orbit 11.9 years
Rotation Period 10.5 hours
Temperature Cloud tops average
-153°C
Satellites 28






Saturn
Saturn - NASA
Saturn
Distance from Sun 884 Million Miles
Diameter 74400 miles
Orbit 29.5 years
Rotation Period 10.5 hours
Temperature Cloud tops average
-185°C
Satellites 30






Uranus
Uranus with Transiting Moon - NASA
Uranus
Distance from Sun 1778 Million Miles
Diameter 32200 miles
Orbit 84 years
Rotation Period 17.2 hours
Temperature Cloud tops average
-214°C
Satellites 21






Neptune
Neptune - NASA
Neptune
Distance from Sun 2790 Million Miles
Diameter 30000 miles
Orbit 165 years
Rotation Period 19 hours
Temperature Averages -255°C
Satellites 8