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A Scale Model of the Solar System Complete with Planetary Orbits

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This is the story of two filmmakers, Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet, who set out to do something that has never been done before – to build the very first scale model of our Solar System complete with planetary orbits.

Their ambitious plan would require a vast expanse of land (7 miles, to be exact) so the pair, together with some helping hands, ventured out to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Once there, they mapped out the Solar System using glass spheres illuminated by LEDs, and marked out the elliptical paths each of the planets take during their respective orbits around the Sun.

When the day drew to a close, vehicles with bright lights were driven around the orbits and filmed from a nearby mountain. The result: this fascinating seven minute film, To Scale: The Solar System.

Planetary Orbits

Preview image courtesy of NASA.

Claire Shannan

Claire Shannan is the Senior Editor at Visual Broadcast and a specialist in social media marketing. Her main interests include photography, design, music, and film. Connect with her on Twitter: @Claire_Shannan

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