The model shows the relative distance between the planets.

This group created a scale model of the solar system and it is stunningScreenshot
news Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 15:49

Filmmakers Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, along with a group of friends built, in what is touted to be a first, seven-mile scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits.

It took 36 hours for the crew to “measure the distances, trace out the orbits and set up a time lapse shot from up on top of a nearby mountain” on a dry lakebed in Nevada. And the result according to the video's description is a "true illustration of our place in the universe."

According to Cnet, the makers used “a conversion of 1 AU (astronomical unit -- or the approximate mean distance from the center of the sun to the center of the Earth) to 579 feet (or 176 meters)”.

The seven-minute-long video is absolutely stunning. 

 

 

Here is a behind-the-scenes video. 

 

Making the Solar System

A behind-the-scenes look at making the model.

Posted by To Scale Series on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

 

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