Building a scale model of the Solar System

This is way more interesting than you might expect. Some young folks drive to a dry lake bed in Nevada and set up a scale model of the Solar System, that is, with all the planets and their orbits laid out to the same scale. The Earth is the size of a marble, and on that scale Saturn is a mile from the Sun. It ends with Apollo astronauts recalling what it was like to be so far from the Earth that they could hide it behind their thumb.


There’s more about this video on the EarthSky website.

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