You’ve probably noticed by now that Snapchat sorts your friend list and stories into a specific order. At first glance it may seem random, but there’s actually a method to the madness. Snapchat has developed an algorithm that determines how to organize your network in a way they think will be most relevant and engaging for you.They call it the “Snapchat Planet Order” – and once you understand the logic behind it, it will totally change how you view and interact with the app. The sequence is tailored to your unique activity, relationships, and interests, curating your experience in a personalized way.There’s way more going on behind the scenes than you probably realize. But don’t worry, I’m here to break it all down and reveal exactly how the Snapchat Planet Order works its magic. By the end, your Snapchat world will make a whole lot more sense. Are you ready to have your mind blown? Let’s dive in…
What Is the Snapchat Planet Order?
The Snapchat Planet Order arranges your best friends into a sequence modeled after our solar system. Each planet represents one of your top eight BFs, ordered by how often you snap with them.
Your #1 BFF orbits closest as Mercury, while your #8 BFF is way out there like Neptune. The planets in between correspond to friends ranked 2 through 7 on your Best Friends list.
Understanding the Snapchat Planet Order helps you keep track of your closest connections on the app and see at a glance who you’re snapping with the most. It also adds a fun, visual element to the Best Friends feature.
To view your planets, just tap the 👻 ghost icon to access your profile, then tap ‘My Friends’ and select ‘Best Friends’ at the top of the screen. The eight friends who show up as planets are the ones you snap with the most frequently. Their position reflects how close they are to the center and the top spot on your Best Friends list.
The planet sequence is:
- Mercury – Your #1 BFF, the friend you snap with the most.
- Venus – Your #2 BFF.
- Earth – Your #3 BFF.
- Mars – Your #4 BFF.
- Jupiter – Your #5 BFF.
- Saturn – Your #6 BFF.
- Uranus – Your #7 BFF.
- Neptune – Your #8 BFF, the friend you snap with the least of your top 8.
Keeping tabs on your Snapchat planets is a simple way to stay connected to your closest friends on the app and make sure no one’s orbiting too far out of your reach! Stay close with the ones who matter most by sending them a quick snap. After all, good friends are worth keeping in your inner circle.
The Origins and Meaning Behind the Planet Order
The order of the planets in our solar system wasn’t randomly decided. It has a long, storied history dating back to ancient times.
The word “planet” comes from the Greek word “planḗtai,” which means “wanderers.” The ancient Greeks named the planets “wanderers” because of their movement across the night sky relative to the fixed stars. As astronomy developed, the Greeks realized the “wanderers” were celestial bodies that orbited the Sun.
The Original Order
The Greeks originally classified the five planets they knew of in order of their orbit from the Earth:
Once Copernicus discovered the heliocentric model with the Sun at the center in the 16th century, the order had to be reworked.
The Modern Order
Today, the order of the planets in our solar system is determined by their distance from the Sun:
This sequence of increasing distance from the Sun just makes sense and gives us a easy way to remember the order of the planets in our little corner of the Milky Way galaxy. So whenever you’re trying to recall the sequence, just remember – the further out, the colder it gets!
Mercury – The Fastest Planet Closest to the Sun
Mercury zips around the Sun faster than any other planet. This little speedster orbits the Sun every 88 Earth days, traveling at nearly 112,000 mph (180,000 km/h). With an average velocity of 105,947 miles (170,505 kilometers) per hour in its orbit, Mercury deserves its title as the fastest planet.
Closest to the Sun
Mercury is also the closest planet to the Sun in our solar system. Its orbit brings it as close as 29 million miles (47 million kilometers) to the Sun at perihelion and as far as 43 million miles (70 million kilometers) at aphelion. Because it’s so close to the Sun, Mercury experiences extreme surface temperatures, ranging from 800°F (427°C) during the day to -290°F (-178°C) at night.
Due to its proximity to the Sun, Mercury is tidally locked, meaning the same side of the planet always faces the Sun. This results in some very strange solar days on Mercury. At perihelion when Mercury is closest to the Sun, the Sun would remain above the horizon for about 176 Earth days. At aphelion when Mercury is farthest from the Sun, one solar day lasts almost 59 Earth days. Talk about extremely long days and nights!
Some other speedy stats about Mercury:
•It takes Mercury 88 Earth days to orbit the Sun.
•A year on Mercury lasts almost 3 Earth months.
•Mercury rotates very slowly, so one day lasts almost 2 Earth months.
•Mercury’s fast orbit means it travels about 30 miles per second (48 km/s) in its motion around the Sun.
The tiny, swiftest planet Mercury may be small, but it’s fast and furious. Its rapid movement through the solar system proves that good things really do come in small packages.
Venus – The Brightest Planet Named After the Goddess of Love
Venus is the second planet from the Sun and Earth’s closest neighbor in the solar system. Venus is a terrestrial planet named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.
Venus is often called Earth’s “sister planet” because they are similar in size, mass, density and volume. However, the surface conditions of Venus are very different from Earth. Venus’ thick atmosphere consists mainly of carbon dioxide and dense sulfuric acid clouds completely cover its surface. The atmospheric pressure at the planet’s surface is also 90 times that of Earth, causing a runaway greenhouse effect that raises surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead.
In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. The planet Venus was named after this goddess because it shone the brightest among the planets known to ancient astronomers. Venus is heavily associated with love and beauty, and came to symbolize Rome’s imperial power.
Venus orbits the Sun every 224.7 Earth days, but a day on Venus lasts 243 Earth days due to its extremely slow rotation and retrograde rotation. A year on Venus lasts 225 Earth days. Venus does not have any moons and does not experience seasons like Earth.
Venus is often viewed as Earth’s twin, but the surface conditions are inhospitable to life as we know it. However, scientists think ancient Venus may have had oceans and a thinner atmosphere, more like Earth. Studying Venus provides insight into the potential effects of climate change on Earth.
Despite its harsh conditions, Venus remains a mysterious world in our solar system waiting to be explored. Uncovering its secrets could reveal clues to how terrestrial planets form and evolve. Studying Earth’s “evil twin” planet helps us understand how special our world really is.
Earth – Our Home Planet, the Only One Known to Support Life
Earth is the only planet in our solar system known to support life as we know it. Our oceans, which cover most of the planet’s surface, are crucial for making Earth habitable. They produce much of the oxygen we breathe and absorb a lot of the carbon dioxide we produce. But human activity is putting major stress on this life support system.
The oceans produce between 50 to 70% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Tiny organisms like algae and plankton photosynthesize in the water, releasing oxygen as a byproduct. More oxygen comes from the oceans than all the world’s rainforests combined. At the same time, the oceans absorb about 30% of the carbon dioxide we produce, helping mitigate climate change.
However, human impacts like pollution, overfishing, and climate change are damaging ocean health. Plastic pollution is choking marine life and entering the food chain. Many fish populations have collapsed due to overfishing. The oceans are also absorbing excess heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, causing sea levels to rise, storms to intensify, and ocean acidity to increase.
We only have one Earth, and our oceans are instrumental in making it habitable. To ensure a livable planet for future generations, we must make changes to establish sustainable practices and reverse the damage. Reducing single-use plastics, transitioning to renewable energy, and creating more marine protected areas are steps in the right direction to protect our oceans – the life support system for our planet.
So there you have it, the method behind the Snapchat planet madness. While the sequence may seem random, it actually follows a logical pattern if you know what to look for. The planets increase in size as you swipe left, representing the increasing scale of the solar system itself. More than just a novel way to add effects, the planet order helps to reinforce our place in the grand celestial ballet. Next time you’re sending a Snap, take a second to appreciate the cosmic dance playing out right under your fingertips. There’s beauty in the details if we remember to look for it.