Using Marbles to Represent Planets, This Is the First Timelapse of the Solar System to Scale

If you Google the solar system, you will be shown images of all the planets in our solar system laid out in the order they rotate around the sun. The problem with these images is that each planet's respective distance to the sun is not shown to true scale. This leaves the viewer without a true understanding of just how far away each planet is from another. That’s why Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet set out to make a true-to-scale representation of the solar system.

In order to get a scale representation, they used a small marble to represent Earth. With Earth the size of a marble, they then needed seven miles of open land to show the solar system. Once everything was in position, they showed just how true to scale everything is. By standing near the model earth and also standing on the real earth, you would now have the exact same perspective for both the model and real life. Because of this, the model sun and the real sun appear to be the same size.

Here is another video that shows more detail of how they put everything together.

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14 Comments

Adam Ottke's picture

Wow. This is amazing...

Casey Berner's picture

Why are my eyes wet??

Adam Ottke's picture

You're relearning that your life here, on this massive planet, in this ridiculously endless, infinite hollow space....that none of it really matters... :-) Cheers! Happy Friday! Don't go jump of a cliff now...or do. I guess it doesn't really matter. HA.

Casey Berner's picture

I love/hate this comment so damn much.

Kyle Ford's picture

I'm just here so I don't get fired

Peter House's picture

That is incredible

Mark T's picture

Outstanding. Thanks for making this (posted from the far side of the marble)

Phil Newton's picture

Poor Pluto. It gets a raw deal; didn't even get a cameo appearance. Amazing video tho well done!

Jason Vinson's picture

I know right! Poor Pluto... I wonder how many miles they would have need to include it though...

Lee Ramsden's picture

wow this is amazing.
and makes you feel so insignificant and realise the important things in life -
what is actually better Canon or Nikon?
ha ha :)

Richard Muise's picture

There is another scale model in Sweden. The Sun is the Ericsson Globe (a sports stadium), and you can look up the locations of the models of the planets. Neptune is 229km from the stadium (and is 2.5m in diameter). The furthest part of the model is Sedna, which is 810km out. But of course, it would be impossible to show the orbits like they did in the video above.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden_Solar_System

Caleb Kerr's picture

We did this in elementary school. Not with orbits but with just the radial distances. The sun was at the school, and Pluto (back when I was a kid, we loved all planets equally), was miles away in a corn field.

Caylem Harris's picture

This is absolutely amazing....Thank you for your efforts, it really made my day.