A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert

A group of friends discovered there were no proportional models of the solar system with complete planetary orbits—most portray the planets and moons as too close together. So, they decided to build one. On a dry lakebed in Nevada, the group constructed a model by drawing circles in the desert around a 1.5 meter sun and a marble-sized Earth small enough to get lost in filmmaker Wylie Overstreet's pocket. The result is a stunning work of land art that allows viewers to see the full circle of the Earth with their own eyes.

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  1. Actually there are plenty of true scale solar systems on Earth. The biggest and most accurate is Sweden Solar System (scale 1:20 000 000), with currently some 20 planets, dwarf planets and comets.



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