Great Model of the Solar System – level 3

26-09-2017 15:00

In the context of the whole universe, our solar system is absolutely tiny. Furthermore, it is never illustrated or modelled to scale because if you were to illustrate the system on paper, the planets would actually be microscopic, and therefore invisible.

Filmmaker friends Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh made an amazing video of our solar system by creating a 7-mile model in the Nevada, USA, desert. The planets for the ‘true illustration of our place in the universe’ were represented by marbles and spheres lit by LED lights.

The representative orbits of the planets were mapped out using GPS calculations, and the planets were driven around these paths in the desert at night. A time-lapse video filmed from a nearby mountain shows every sphere’s orbit.

Difficult words: tiny (very small), to scale (at a comparable size), marble (a small ball of coloured glass), sphere (ball).

You can watch the video news lower on this page.

What do you think about this model of the solar system?

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