This To-Scale Model of the Solar System is Seven Miles Wide
Any time you look up a picture of the solar system, the distances and sizes of the sun and planets have to be drastically changed to make everything visible. That means we all have a really distorted idea of how big everything really is.
A group of friends decided to fix this problem by making a fully to-scale model of the solar system, with a blue marble as Earth. And to do that, they had to travel to a dry lake bed in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada and set up the orbits across seven miles – and they didn’t even include the orbit of Pluto. (Poor Pluto.)
Even with the inner planets where orbits are relatively close, they had to get in a car and drive some distance from the camp to set them up. Jupiter, roughly the size of a volleyball, is over half a mile away.
The final time-lapse video of the orbits stretched across the desert with their tiny camp in the center is really awe-inspiring.