Filmmakers Create a 7 Mile Wide Scale Model of the Solar System in the Desert With Marble Sized Earth

In “To Scale: The Solar System” filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet spent 36 hours meticulously creating a seven-mile-wide scale model of the Sun and eight planets of the Solar System in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The model, which¬†Gorosh and Overstreet say is the first of its kind, uses a model of the Earth the size of a marble and correctly scales both the sizes and distances of the planets from the Sun.

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

Their short documentary about the project also features timelapse footage of cars with mounted lights driving the scale orbits of the planets.

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