ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ   TKSST is observing a slow July posting schedule. Back at it in August. Happy summer!
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.

wylie-overstreet-to-scale-the-solar-system-video-mars

wylie-overstreet-to-scale-the-solar-system-video-4planet

wylie-overstreet-to-scale-the-solar-system-video-jupiter2

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.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D – NASA

Rion Nakaya

Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten (1977)

Rion Nakaya

Departing Earth, a view from Messenger Spacecraft (2005)

Rion Nakaya

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Rion Nakaya

Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’

Rion Nakaya

Attack of the Tumbleweeds

Rion Nakaya

Earthrise from the moon, captured by JAXA Kaguya Spacecraft

Rion Nakaya

Planet Earth in 4K: Time lapse images taken by an orbiting satellite

Rion Nakaya

Revealing the true scale of the universe with VFX

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe