Why are planets spherical in shape?

@cambiste (1245)
June 26, 2008 5:04pm CST
Does anyone have an answer to this - why are planets spherical in shape? Its really a mystery. But i hope to understand it a bit. I ahve some idea, but it doesnt seem practical. Can you share your views?
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@cuterose (1698)
• India
27 Jun 08
If one weren't, it would collapse to a sphere under its own gravity. All the matter tries to fall toward the center, and will if there's nothing in its way. The sphere is the shape in which everything has fallen toward the center as far as it can. Actually, planets bulge out a little at their equators, because of their rotation. So they're not exactly spherical, but pretty close.
• United States
26 Jun 08
I think that planets are round because of the force of gravity. All of the planets spin and have a gravitational pull thus it would make sense that they become round because of the equal gravatational pull on all sides. Have a great day!!!