On which planet would I weigh the least?

The answer might surprise you

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Surprisingly you would weigh the least on Mars rather than Mercury

Surprisingly you would weigh the least on Mars rather than Mercury. Image Credit: NASA

Asked by John Marks

You might be surprised to know that you would weigh the least on Mars, out of all of the planets in our Solar System. It’s quite easy to think that you would weigh the least on Mercury but given that it’s denser than the Red Planet, the gravity is stronger here therefore making you weigh more.

Between Mars and Mercury, the difference in your weight would be quite small. For instance, if you weighed 70 kilograms (154 pounds) on Earth, then you would weigh around 26.39 kilograms (58.2 pounds) on Mars and 26.46 kilograms (58.3 pounds) on Mercury. As the planets get more massive, the more you will weigh. If you could stand on Jupiter, your 70-kilogram (154- pound) weight would nearly triple, to 165.2 kilograms (364.2 pounds).

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