The Kid Should See This

Building the solar system to scale in the Nevada desert

“Every single picture of the solar system that we ever encounter is not to scale. If you put the orbits to scale on a piece of paper, the planets become microscopic and you won’t be able to see them. There is literally not an image that adequately shows you what it actually looks like from out there. The only way to see a scale model of the solar system is to build one.”

…And that they did. From filmmakers Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, who camped for 36 hours on a seven mile stretch of dry lakebed in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, and then traced out the entire solar system based on a blue marble Earth, this is an incredible time lapse – To Scale: The Solar System.

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We love when the intangible becomes just a wee bit tangible, especially when it’s about space. Full screen this lovely nod to The Overview Effect.

Related videos include Bill Nye biking the distance between the planets, Powers of Ten, Pale Blue Dot, animated, and How Far Away is the Moon?

Bonus: ‘Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea’ – Earth’s cosmic address.

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