To Scale: The Solar System

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The universe, as Douglas Adams so memorably explained, is big.Really big.

Solar System
Solar System

But so are the things inside it – even objects like the Solar System, which on a galactic scale are absolutely minuscule.

Solar System
Solar System

A new project by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, spotted by Sploid, sought to explain just how vast our local neighbourhood of planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets really is, by building the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits. To do it they had to go to a dry lakebed in Nevada, and first build a model of the inner planets to a scale of 1 astronomical unit (AU, or distance from the Sun to Earth) of 176 metres. They then repeated this for the outer planets, and drove around each of the paths at night with a light.

Solar System
Solar System

 

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