Comprehending the massive scale of the solar system is difficult to do with textbooks and small models. So, filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet went many steps further and created an enormous scale model of the solar system and filmed a timelapse complete with simulated orbits.
See the image above? The Earth is the size of a marble. The scale is roughly 1:847,638,000
Each planet was created to scale using glass spheres illuminated with LEDs. Using the Black Rock Desert in Nevada as their “space”, Gorosh and Overstreet used a GPS to calculate the scale of each planet’s orbit, realizing about seven miles would be needed to reach Neptune.
Once night fell, the duo took their film equipment to a nearby mountain and shot an amazing timelapse of this massive solar system model.
Check out the video after the break along with a making-of clip.
(via This is Colossal)