* Planets *

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Designed by Oskar van Deventer, made by Recent Toys International;
the box this one came in says copyright DaMert Co. 2005.
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(plastic, each edge is 3.5 inches)

Four balls each have a number of circular depressions that allow them to be packed tightly together inside a pyramid shaped cage.
A ball can rotate only if it sits in the depressions of at least two other balls.
The goal is to rotate the balls so that each side is a single color
(*red*, *green*, *blue*, or *yellow*).
Here are the other two sides:

By observing that the green and blue faces have only one depression,
*Jaap's Page*
observes that a relatively simple solution proceeds by solving green and blue first
(to allow more depressions available for the remainder of the solution).
That is, position the red-green-blue corner, then the green-blue-yellow corner,
then the third planet on the blue side, and finally the remaining planet,
where the last step may require some temporary rotations of the other balls.

**Further Reading**

*Jaap's Page*,
from: http://www.jaapsch.net/puzzles/planets.htm