These Guys Built The Solar System On Earth

“Every single picture of the Solar System that we encounter is not to scale,” claims Wylie Overstreet. “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.”

To Scale: The Solar System
To Scale: The Solar System

Since “the only way to see a scale model of the Solar System was to build one”, Overstreet and his group of friends decided to trace out the Solar System spread over a 7 mile radius using their cars.

To Scale: The Solar System
To Scale: The Solar System

In the scale model Mercury, Venus and Earth are, respectively, 224 feet, 447 feet and 579 feet away from the Sun. Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus are 0.57 miles, 1.1 miles and 2.1 milesrespectively from the ball of fire. Neptune at 3.5 miles from the centre, is right on the edge of the Solar System. In reality, Neptune is around 2.8 billion miles from the Sun.

To Scale: The Solar System
To Scale: The Solar System

Overstreet has shot a breathtaking time lapse-video of the Solar System model from a mountain in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. You will marvel at the vastness of nothingness where the Earth is just a tiny marble!

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1)Brilliant execution of idea

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You can watch the making of the film here:

 

 

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