Watch the Making of an Amazing 7-Mile-Wide Scale Model of Our Solar System

Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 11:53AM
Astronomy
Solar System
Saturday, 19 September 2015 - 11:53AM
Watch the Making of an Amazing 7-Mile-Wide Scale Model of Our Solar System
A group of friends just built a perfectly to-scale model of our universe, and it's absolutely breathtaking:



Made by filmmakers and amateur astronomers Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, the model lies on a seven-mile-wide stretch of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, on a dry lakebed. They not only made models of all of the planets that are sized to scale and accurately measured the distances, but they also drew predicted orbital patterns around them, for a fully accurate representation of our corner of the universe.

Their official description of the project reads:

Opening quote
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.
Closing quote


They seem to mean "our place in the universe" both literally and figuratively. Literally speaking, standing by the "Earth" in the model will give you the same view of all of the planets that we have from the actual Earth, since everything is to scale. In the video, the filmmakers demonstrate that their model of the Sun appears to be exactly the same size as the actual Sun is perceived to be from that position.

But figuratively speaking, the filmmakers illustrate with their opening quote that they believe the study of space can be a transformative experience:

Opening quote
"As we got farther and farther away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man."
Closing quote


Via Blastr.
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