The True Scale of Our Solar System is Showed in Astronomer's Mind-Blowing Animation

The True Scale of Our Solar System is Showed in Astronomer's Mind-Blowing Animation ...

It takes a Facebook animated to realize or at least begin to comprehend the incredible diversity of worlds that compose our solar system.

James O''Donoghue, a planetary astronomer from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), wrote a brief sketch that starts off with the Ceres dwarf planet and moves up through Solar System objects by size (including Earth) before closing by zooming out to take in the Sun.

YouTube has a slightly higher-quality version of the same clip.

Even if you know the relative size of everything in the Solar System, it''s still a moment when Jupiter and the Sun swing into view, and you may never know exactly how fast Jupiter spins relative to Earth.

We''d advise you take a bit of time to watch these spinning orbs. The video clip is only 45 seconds long, but it''s striking enough that you''ll be watching it several times over as we write this it''s been seen eight million times.

In this video, the sizes, tilts, and rotations will all be scale, although, of course, the positioning has been improved, so all of the planets and stars you see have been moved closer together so they''ll fit inside the same video clip.

Our own planet is 12,742 kilometers or 7,918 miles wide, according to statistics. Jupiter, in contrast, has a diameter of 139,820 kilometers or 86,880 miles, which is more than ten times larger in diameter.

The Sun''s length is about 1.39 million kilometers (863,706 miles), so it''s about 10 times greater in terms of distance than Jupiter, and more than 100 times larger than Earth. To put it another way, about a million Earths may fit into the Sun.

James O''Donoghue has had a lot of success with this, and he''s created plenty of other videos demonstrating the enormous scale of the Solar System, and we''re very grateful to have them.

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