Pair make first to-scale Solar System model in Nevada desert

Pair make first to-scale Solar System model in Nevada desert


There’s a lot we still don’t know about the
universe, but what we do know is that it’s really, really
big – and so are the things inside it. Objects like our Solar System, looking at
the “bigger picture” are absolutely tiny. To explain just how vast the solar system
is, filmmaker friends Wylie Overstreet and Alex
Gorosh have made this video. It’s being called a ‘true illustration of
our place in the universe’. The pair have build the first scale model
of the solar system in the Nevada desert. In the video, they highlight that every picture
we have seen of the solar system is not to scale. Apparently if the planets that are featured
on most drawings were done correctly, they would basically be invisible. Starting with a marble to represent Earth, they built a model of the inner planets, and used an area of seven miles to fit in
all eight. They then used glass spheres lit by LED lights, and GPS calculations to map out the solar
system. Driving around each of the paths at night
with a light. Using this, they produced a timelapse video
filmed from a nearby mountain, showing each sphere’s orbit.

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