Thursday, September 24, 2015

A scale model of the Solar System

This video has been making the rounds of the internet lately, but I like it and decided to post it here too. It's humbling to see the vast distances between the planets and realize how tiny the Earth and all our neighbours are. Also, model railroads have a similar problem with representing distances. They’re constrained by things like shelf size, room size, basement size, garage size and things like that, much like solar system pictures have been constrained by page size. Trains go places, often faraway places, and it’s hard to convey a sense of distance and the time it takes to travel from one place to another.

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