First Scale Model Of Solar System Is Mind Blowing

Posted: Sep 19 2015, 3:20pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


First Scale Model of Solar System Is Mind Blowing
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The world's first scale model of the solar system was created in the Nevada desert. It shows the actual distance of each planet from one another.

Two Los Angeles based guys created the world's first ever scale model of the solar system which shows the actual distance of each planet from one another and their true sizes. To create the model, Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh needed more than seven miles of empty space, so they reached out to the Black Rock Desert, located in Nevada.

In the scale model, Earth was the size of a small marble as Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin quoted “As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.”

The guys created the solar system over the course of 36 hours and recorded the spectacular view from the top of a nearby mountain. Their short video is titled, ‘To Scale: The Solar System.’

They traced the sun, earth and each planet orbiting the sun in a dry lakebed, representing their actual relationship.

“Every single picture of the solar system that we encounter is not to scale,” Gorosh said in the video. “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 Sun is about 4 1/12 feet in diameter in scale model. Venus is 447 feet, Earth 579 feet, Mars 881 feet, Jupiter .57 miles, Saturn 1.1 miles, Uranus 2.1 miles and Neptune 3.5 miles away from the Sun with size of planets perfectly to scale.

“That is what I really wanted to try and capture,” said Overstreet. “We are on a marble floating in the middle of nothing. When we come face to face with that, it’s staggering.”

Source: NPR

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