The next time someone asks you where the biggest ocean is, point them toward Jupiter. While Earth harbours about 320 million cubic miles (1,333 cubic km) of water, our planet is practically a desert compared to the rest of the Solar System.
A moon of Jupiter called Europa, for example, which is roughly the size of our own Moon, likely hides a subsurface ocean with more than twice as much water as there is on Earth.
Yet even that pales in comparison to Europa's neighbour Ganymede; more than 30 times as much water as our home planet is thought to reside there as liquid and ice.
And scientists keep finding more water wherever they look. On September 28, researchers reported that Dione - a small moon of Saturn1 - probably has a subsurface ocean, too.
To see just how Earth stacks up agains other ocean worlds, Business Insider contacted Steve Vance, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory who's crunched2 the numbers on just how much water might be out there.
In order of how much water they have, from the least to the most, they are: Enceladus, Dione, Earth, Europa, Pluto3, Triton, Callisto, Titan, and Ganymede.
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