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The Falcon 9 recently made its second landing on the barge Of Course I Still Love You, to the surprise and amazement of the entire Space X team and millions watching from around the world. With the Falcon 9 achieving what it did, humanity has taken another step in their quest to understand space and the universe and what lies beyond.

When most of us were taught about the Solar System in school, Pluto was still the ninth planet whereas now, it’s only a dwarf planet.
Space and the Solar system are mighty complex entities and for the common man, the understanding of our universe remains largely limited.

While doing up some reading on the Solar system, I came across a video where Vimeo user Wylie Overstreet, drove down to a dry lake bed in Nevada and performed an experimental showcase of what the Solar system translates to in the human scale. Wylie talks about the misrepresentation of images that are found on the internet of the Earth and the Moon almost next to each other, and goes on to talk about how every celestial object is further away from each other than what is shown in images online. He explains how if the orbits of all the planets were drawn on a piece of paper, the planets would have to be represented on a microscopic scale.

In a span of 36 hours, Wylie and his cameraman Alex, plot the distances of each orbit to scale and then shoot a time-lapse of the entire setup from the top of a hill.

Throughout the course of the video, one is able to grasp the sheer scale of the Solar system and more importantly, the effort that Wylie Overstreet has put into producing content of this quality.

The video is a perfect teaching tool that can impart knowledge about the planets and the Solar system like no book or illustration ever can. Hopefully, this method of teaching fundamentals is adopted in schools and colleges around the world.

For more of Wylie’s work, check out his Vimeo channel.

To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

 

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