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Planetary Scientist Roasts Planet Emojis — Which One is the Most Accurate?

Photo of Saturn (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
The ringed planet Saturn. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute.

Dr. James O’Donoghue, a former NASA scientist who now works for Japan’s space agency JAXA, took to Twitter and started what New Scientist considers an important planetary discussion… which ringed planet emoji is the most accurate?

Included in this very scientific dilemma are the following contestants: Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Whatsapp. O’Donoghue rated them according to the planet itself’s accuracy in terms of banded structure and colors, the rings and their gap, and the tilt which should be 26.7°.

And the winning planet is… Whatsapp!

Now, O’donoghue may have called Twitter the “most offensive” out of all the contestants but there’s actually another contestant that was disqualified.

This fun take on science and emojis has even inspired other scientists to do their own versions such as rating the moon…

..and even microbes!

Which emoji would you like scientists to judge next?

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