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Walking the distance of a mini to-scale version of our solar system

7-mile solar system project

Starting With the Earth as a Marble, This Is the First Timelapse of the Solar System to Scale

article by Christopher Jobson

"When looking in a science textbook or a toy mobile of the solar system, it’s easy to depict the sun, planets and moon to scale in comparison to each other. What’s not so easy to visually comprehend the staggering distance that separates each planet on its individual orbit around the sun. Filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet challenged themselves to build such a model and the result is this fascinating short film To Scale.

Starting with the Earth as the size of a marble, it turns out you need an area about 7 miles (11.2km) to squeeze in the orbit of the outermost planet, Neptune. The team used glass spheres lit by LEDs and some GPS calculations to map out the solar system on the dry bed of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada...."

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I'm so intrigued by the to-scale solar system project that this team put together. Who knew that if the Earth were the size of a marble, you would still need 7 miles to re-create the rest of the solar system? Check out the video at for the full experience!

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