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To Scale: The Solar System


To Scale: The Solar System

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

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The Solar System to Scale (HD)

Note: I've tried uploading this a few times now to try to get the full 1080 HD quality looking good ... but YouTube keeps compressing it too much. Anyone got any ideas/hints about how to get the video to look as crisp as the file on my computer?

I've seen plenty of similar videos/images around, but I don't think I've yet seen one that makes use of actual images (rather than computer generated images), let alone images captured by an amateur astronomer. I've also not seen many of these types of videos try to give a sense of interplanetary distances. So this is my attempt.

I intend to improve this video over time! So please give feedback! What did you like, what didn't you like? Are the images left on screen long enough? Did it all make sense, or could some parts use better explanation?


Making the Solar System

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Created by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh.

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The Solar System to scale

The whole Solar System. Real Size. Real Scale. Real Time. Or about so...


My 7 years old son asks me to do a space video, showing the real sizes of the Solar System.

While trying, I realize that it is actually impossible to show the System truly to scale, respecting sizes, distances, and times. That is something I've never realized so far.

I then started to change the video from making a real size Solar System to explaining why it is impossible to make a real size Solar System.

So, here is the result!


I made the video only on After Effects, using only surface pictures of the planets. If you're interested in a tutorial on how to do this kind of video, please ask for it in the comments.

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Make your own scale model of the Solar System using this spreadsheet I made. If you put in the size of the object you’re using for a Sun it will scale everything else for you:

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The vastness of space is almost too mind-boggling for the human brain to comprehend. In order to accurately illustrate our place in the universe, one group of friends decided to build the first scale model of the solar system in seven miles of empty desert. Watch a beautiful representation of our universe come together in light and space in this extraordinary short film.
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To help us visualize the distances between the objects of our Solar System, let's build a scale model in a virtual city so we can get a better sense of the scales and distances between the planets, as well as the distance to the nearest star!

There have been a few fun examples of scale Solar System models on YouTube but I haven't seen any that can clearly show the distances between the outermost planets and the sun. We'll start in a football stadium which will contain the Sun and four inner-most planets then venture out into the city to find scale versions of the remaining planets (and dwarf planet Pluto). Wait until you see how far away the nearest star is!

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If anyone is interested, I arrived at my calculations by using a scale factor of 0.0000315936709261 to convert kilometers to centimeters, based on scaling the sun with a radius of 696,342km down to a radius of 22cm for the beach ball. Then I used a spreadsheet to calculate the remaining sizes and distances using this scale factor.

I didn't mention this in the video, but if you're interested in how big Proxima Centauri is in this scale, it's about 12cm in diameter, or about the size of a shot put ball or medium-sized grapefruit. There's a LOT of empty space between our beach ball sun and that little grapefruit!

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