The Solar System To Scale – Video

This video is so cool! Gives you a true perspective of how small the earth really is.

Published on Sep 16, 2015

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.

A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh

17 thoughts on “The Solar System To Scale – Video

  1. What? No Pluto!? Outrageous! Pluto is so a Planet, I don’t care what a bunch of butt head astronomers say! šŸ˜‰

  2. 1.3 Million Earths fit inside the Sun.
    Extending the perspective to CO2 and Earth’s atmosphere…:
    There is just one molecule of CO2 for every 5.7 Million molecules of air.
    The proposed ‘Carbon Tax’ is designed to reduce man’s emission of CO2 to the point where there is just one molecule of CO2 for every 6 Million molecules of air. As if this would make a significantly positive difference. It wouldn’t, and the result would actually be a negative in terms of agricultural output and general Earth biomass health and vitality.
    Malcolm Roberts, Engineer, Honours, 1976, U Queensland

  3. I believe I have discovered the PDO drives S hemispheres Sea Area anomalies with a few year lag time. I have never seen anyone show what I discovered and showing.
    Almost every sea ice area anomaly spike down and spike up is connect to the PDO readings. From the start of Sea Ice Area anomalies record to present they all match up from what I see. With that, Forecasting the Sea Ice Area Anomalies I feel are predictable since the Sea Ice Area Anomalies lag the PDO. (I feel it has to do with the thermohaline circulation)
    Next few years the S Hemisphere sea ice Area anomalies should be mostly Below normal and should see even some daily record lows set and one daily low was already set near the Maximum in September. Forecast should do well if there is no large natural disasters.
    I also see the connection with solar cycles driving the PDO, will have more on that another day.
    My findings are Non Peer Reviewed and charts are from here
    I used

  4. Relative to the Sun, a yellow-dwarf Type-G2V “main sequence” star, Planet Earth is the size of a sandgrain on a large beach ball.

    Scale matters: Set 1-unit equal to 100,000 Light Years, the diameter of typical galaxies such as our Milky Way, then treat this unit as the size of a U.S. quarter. Given a cosmic radius of (say) 12.5-billion Light Years, this translates to some 145,000 galactic diameters (inches) equivalent to 145-K / (12 x 5,280) = 2.25 miles.

    On this basis, setting a one-inch diameter quarter under Washington Square Arch in New York City, the “edge of the universe” [its observable light-cone] becomes 2.25 x 20-blocks per mile = Fifth Avenue and 45th Street.

    Since the center or our so-called Local SCI Galactic Cluster (the immense, 3-trillion star Virgo Galaxy) is but 65-million LYs off, Virgo’s 650-inch distance translates to a mere 54 feet. However large these cosmic gulfs may seem, Virgo accordingly lies just across the street.

  5. Great, Ive shown my son scale earth and sun at scale distance, not as big as that one! Also remarkable to know that seeing that scale how the giant planets alter the solar system center of mass! At that distance! Gravity is remarkable. Thanks Einstein.

  6. Realized the scale of the solar system some years ago. What staggered me was just how HOT HOT HOT the sun must be to provide light and life at those distances.

  7. Wish they would make a permanent model in the center of the freeway between Salt Lake City and Wendover. There’s 40 miles of straightaway except for the curvature of the Earth. It’s speed limit is 80 mph. If there was a way, for the traveler, to tie that into how fast a spaceship travels. To scale to that speed. Every second equals how many hour’s or days. That would be really fun to imagine a long voyage.
    Great video.

  8. Ā When I see the vastness scaled down like in this video, I understand that there is still so much to learn for ALL men. Then I remember a long discussion God had with Job when Job began to question him. This is merely the beginning of an incredible conversation full of more questions than answers. There were insights and statements made that no man could have dreamed up much less figured out. Yet there they are…. Written thousands of years ago. Enjoy….
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
    “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
    Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
    “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
    Who determined its measurementsā€”surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
    On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
    “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
    “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?
    It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.
    From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
    “Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
    Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
    Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
    “Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?
    Job 38:1-20

    • Ah, Job, Miss the good old days when you talked to God and He talked back, had some fun with you and even wrestled.

  9. It also reinforces the serious doubts I have about the hypothesis that the solar wind will seriously damage earth’s supply of water or atmosphere when the magnetic polarity reverses.
    The scenario put forward in the movie “Knowing” is rather doubtful also.

  10. From – “A spotless day [for 11/13/15] is recorded with the overall area decreasing.”

    Record snowfall in Siberia in October, a rapidly cooling North Atlantic as gauged by SST, rapid cooling in the Sea of Okhotsk, and we know that La NiƱa follows El NiƱo – combined with plenty of warmth/precipitable atmospheric water from El NiƱo conditions that likely can and will fall as snow, and we could easily be primed for a long cold winter ahead here in the NH. As the sun becomes less active (as part of the normal SC24) that only leads to more cooling on top of the ~15 years or so of stagnant global temperatures, with nothing to be said about the expected Maunder Minimum during SC25-26.

    The sun controls everything in our solar system. The NEXT most important atmospheric gas is – wait for it! – water vapor. NOT carbon dioxide, which exists at 1/100 the level of water vapor. Warmists need to stop wringing their collective hands, pour themselves a drink, and realize that the planet is a much better place when warm and habitable than when covered in snow and ice.

  11. They got it wrong(scroll the video’s comments to see for yourself).

    Anyway, I couldn’t stomach more than 2 minutes of these fist-bumping, self-congratulatory, frat-boy-acting assholes(that was my 1st clue the video’s a severe waste of time(ie: non-informative)). Might as well watch the Kardoucheians or Pewdiepie(who I’ve never watched & will not watch either). Even Daily Grace is probably not as annoying as these too try-hards….

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