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To Scale: The Solar System

To Scale: The Solar System

(7:07) On a dry lake bed in Nevada, is the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

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As the man says, you can't see a picture of the Solar System in a book where the planets and the distances between them are to the same scale. So what exactly is the point of showing a picture of moving lights representing the planets, on my 13" screen?

The only way to appreciate the size of the solar system (apart from going into space!) is to walk and see the model for yourself. There are quite a few scale models around - have a look at "Solar System model" in wikipedia for a list. A model at a scale of 1 to ten thousand million is quite practical as a civic project.

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As the man says, you can't see a picture of the Solar System in a book where the planets and the distances between them are to the same scale. So what exactly is the point of showing a picture of moving lights representing the planets, on my 13" screen?

The only way to appreciate the size of the solar system (apart from going into space!) is to walk and see the model for yourself. There are quite a few scale models around - have a look at "Solar System model" in wikipedia for a list. A model at a scale of 1 to ten thousand million is quite practical as a civic project.

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