To Scale: The Solar System


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An evening pause: What this attempt achieves more than anything else is to demonstrate that the scale of the universe is almost impossible to simulate or to conceive. There is a lot of emptiness out there.

Hat tip Rocco.

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3 comments

  • danae

    And we are…what…the size of quarks? We should be reminded of this from time to time. Thanks, Rocco!

  • Steve Golson

    Beautiful!

    Another great way to appreciate the size of our solar system is The Thousand Yard Model invented by Guy Ottewell http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html

    I’ve done this multiple times for small groups and it never ceases to amaze. The sun is a soccer ball, and the earth is a peppercorn. At the end of the walk, when we are way out at Pluto, I produce a second soccer ball and say “Here’s the nearest star to our sun. In our model, how far away should it be?” Take a guess… figure it out… be astonished.

  • Steve

    Great video. I was waiting at the end for the inevitable lecture on saving our world from Global Warming, but I was pleasantly surprised! :-)

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