James O’Donoghue made this straightforward animation that shows how long it takes for a ball to drop one kilometer on different planets:

It might be surprising to see large planets have a pull comparable to smaller ones at the surface, for example Uranus pulls the ball down slower than at Earth! Why? Because the low average density of Uranus puts the surface far away from the majority of the mass. Similarly, Mars is nearly twice the mass of Mercury, but you can see the surface gravity is actually the same… this indicates that Mercury is much denser than Mars.

Okay, sure, but what’s heavier on Mars: a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks? [via kottke]

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Nathan Yau
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