VIDEO: This to-scale model of the solar system will mess with your head

This is the amazing scale model of the solar system which has been created in a desert.

With Earth represented by a marble, the team behind the beautiful (and educational) video needed seven miles to be able to accurately represent the planets and their orbits.

Mind blown, right?

The Sun in this example measures about one-and-a-half metres across while the inner planets, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, are little more than marbles which can be held between the thumb and forefinger.

The model and video was made by Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet in Black Rock desert, a lake-bed in Nevada, to give them enough space to work with. They enlisted the help of friends to drive the “orbits” and help get the project completed. The moon (Mike De Sisti/AP/PA)

The video starts with a premise that pulls the rug out from under you – there are no to-scale pictures of the solar system. That’s because if you get the orbits right, then the planets would be so small you wouldn’t be able to see them. Once you appreciate the size of the “planets” they are working with, you start to understand.

If you head over to the To Scale channel, which was only launched this month, you can also see a making of the solar system featurewhich is just as watchable.

It’s not hard to see why the video has clocked up hundreds of thousands of views and shares in just a few days, while the channel has won immediate fans.

Nice job, guys.


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