True To Scale
Why is this something special?
Well, you can draw the spaces between the tracks of the planets
true to scale and you can draw the sizes of the planets relative to the sun
true to scale - but just try
both on one sheet of paper!
If you would use a normal sheet of paper and draw at one side the sun and at the other side the most outward planet Pluto true to scale in size and distance the planet would have a diameter of 0.1 thousandth of a millimeter. The earth wouldn't be much bigger, about 0.6 thousandth of a millimeter. You would see it only with a microscope but you couldn't find it on the paper. If you reversed would draw the earth 1 millimeter in diameter you would need for the whole solar system a sheet of paper of 500 meters length!
Maybe somebody could check this?
At a walk through a "way of planets" where the dimensions were explained I got the idea to show this in a
Because there is much empty space between the planets - and I mean really m u c h - they are difficult to find. Mercury, Mars and Pluto are only one pixel in diameter, earth and Venus just 2 pixel. To find them easier you can see the distances in the following table:
Distance of Orbit from
the Sun (kilometers)
|Sun||1 392 700||Infos|
|Mercury||57 900 000||4 840||Infos|
|Venus||108 000 000||12 200||Infos|
|Earth||150 000 000||12 757||Infos|
|Mars||228 000 000||6 787||Infos|
|Jupiter||778 000 000||142 870||Infos|
|Saturn||1 427 000 000||120 670||Infos|
|Uranus||2 870 000 000||51 000||Infos|
|Neptune||4 496 000 000||49 200||Infos|
|Pluto||5 946 000 000||2 290||Infos|
And now let's start:
Show Solar System True To Scale!
(It is shown in a second window and with the task bar you can change the windows)
If some day you make a trip to North-East Bavaria, just visit the
Muenchberg Walk Of Planets.
There you can walk through our solar system on the scale of
From this point you could not walk to the next fixed star Proxima Centauri, on the same scale it might be placed in Vancouver/Canada!
The world's largest model of the solar system is located near Peoria, Illinois, USA. The sun is painted on the wall of Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences and Pluto is located in Kewanee, Illinois.
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