How Big Is The Solar System?

Margot Trudell's graphic design thesis project shows the vast distances of the Solar System.

“You may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
– Douglas Adams

Standard classroom models and textbook illustrations of the Solar System, regardless of how pretty they are, all share one thing in common: they’re wrong. Ok, maybe not wrong, but definitely inaccurate… especially in regards to scale. And understandably so, as it’s nearly impossible to portray in a convenient manner the sheer amount of space there is between the planets and their relative sizes. Even if a model manages to show one or the other in a straightforward, linear fashion, it usually doesn’t show both.

This one does.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on May 1, 2012, in Just for Fun, Science and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wowww !!
    Awesome and a tremendous travel in our solar system. Really impressive especcially in regards to scale… Wowwww !! 😉
    Jeff Barani from Vence (france)


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