Space is big. REALLY big. And our solar system is no exception.
If you don’t include Pluto (which was demoted from planet status a few years back), one would have to travel approximately 2.8 billion miles to get from the Sun to the outermost limits of our solar system — the equivalent of traveling all the way around the Earth 112,440 times.
Because of its massive size, it’s extremely difficult to show all the features of our solar system together on an accurate scale. Luckily for us, filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet decided that depicting the solar system to scale was a challenge worthy of their skills.
With a group of friends, Gorosh and Overstreet journeyed to a vast empty stretch of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to trace out their model.
“To create a scale model with an Earth only as big as [a] marble you need seven miles [11 kilometers] of empty space,”
After marking out the orbits of the eight planets, the filmmakers mounted lights onto their vehicles and drove them around the orbits, creating a mesmerizing time-lapse that gives you an idea of just how massive our solar system truly is. Check it out the video below:
(h/t IFL Science)