If you have a terrible memory like me, you probably struggle to remember the order of anything, be it the alphabet or planets in the solar system without a simple system, usually a song.
For planets, there are plenty of songs and mnemonics you can use to recall the order of planets without googling. Just remember that Pluto is no longer a planet. So here is how to remember the order of the planets.
If you are feeling particularly creative, you can create your own mnemonic. Just list the shiny planets on piece of paper and then come up with a sentence to remember them. If you don’t know the order (I highly doubt that!), here it is as a reminder:
A mnemonic you came up with might be easier (and more exciting) to remember.
Alternatively, use one of the following popular mnemonics.
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles
My Very Enthusiastic Mother Just Served Us Noodles
Mom Visits Every Monday, Just Stays Until Noon
Feel free to switch up some of the words in these mnemonics, as long as you keep the first letter. For instance, you can say, ‘My Very Evil Mum Just Served Us Nuts’.
If you don’t mind whispering a tune under your breath every time you want to remember the order of planets, try a song.
Here’s an easy one we found on YouTube. If you have kids, learn together to make it stick in your head faster.
With practice, you can remember the order of planets without using a mnemonic or a song. You just don’t remember because you’ve probably never paid much attention to the solar system as a kid.
Write down the names of the planets on a piece of paper and then recite them several times.
Recite them at least 5-10 times a day for three days and keep jogging your memory when you are up and about.
You’ll be surprised at how easily you remember them.
Jack Bennett is the founder and editor of Stargazing in the UK. He lives in London and have started this blog about stargazing and amateur astronomy for beginners to keep track of his attempts to explore the Universe.