11km Scale Model of Solar System Set Up Across Nevada Desert

All the solar system pictures you’ve viewed until now have lied to you! Given the scale on which they are drawn, they would have to be microscopic to fit it. If we were to set up a scale model with the Earth represented as the size of a small marble, it would have to be built over long distances: this is what Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh attempted to do.


The team positioning their sun.

Our solar system is so huge that even the pictures we have available are not drawn to scale. For one, the planets would be microscopic at the scale they are normally depicted. A team of friends from the US have, therefore, decided to build a to-scale-model of the solar system. Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh set out to bring to us a perspective of our solar system that is closer to reality than ever.

To Scale: The Solar System is a project Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh worked out together to draw a real solar system that is up to scale.

Overstreet and Gorosh drove to a dry lakebed in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to construct the realistic model. They had to drive long distances to position their “planets”.

This video captures the essence of their work:-

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