Our Solar System

An accurate scale of our solar system

Fact:  "None of the maps you have ever seen of the solar system were remotely drawn to scale.  Most schoolroom charts show the planets coming one after the other at neighborly intervals, but this is a necessary deceit to get them all on the same piece of paper.

"Neptune in reality isn’t just a little bit beyond Jupiter, it’s WAY beyond Jupiter – five time farther from Jupiter than Jupiter is from us.

"Such are the distances, in fact, that it isn’t possible, in any practical terms, to draw the solar system to scale.  On a diagram of the solar system to scale, with Earth reduced to about the diameter of a pea (1/4”), Jupiter would be over 1,000 feet away (and would be the size of a tennis ball) and Pluto would be about the size of this “o” and would be a mile and a half away from Earth.

"On the same scale, Proxima Centauri, our nearest star, would be almost 10,000 miles away."

       from "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson