In grade school, we learned the planets of our solar system by building little models in class. We built our scale of the sun with bright yellow construction paper and made our 9 planets (yes, Pluto was still a planet back then) out of balloons. We inflated them “to scale,” but that just meant that […]

These Guys Built A Scale Model Of Our Solar System In The Desert. The Completed Project Is A Masterpiece!

In grade school, we learned the planets of our solar system by building little models in class. We built our scale of the sun with bright yellow construction paper and made our 9 planets (yes, Pluto was still a planet back then) out of balloons. We inflated them “to scale,” but that just meant that some balloons were bigger than the others. We hung them from the ceiling and taped their pathways with crepe paper streamers, color-coding them according to what we thought they looked like at the time. We had to memorize the planets in order and we learned a bit about how hot or cold the planets were, but our lessons didn’t expand past that since we were only in elementary school.

I took an astronomy course in college just to see if I would like it, and quickly learned that although I love space, I do not love the math that accompanies it. These guys set out to show us the “math” side of our solar system by putting our planets to scale. They lit up the planets and even recreated their orbit, creating a stunning work of art that can be put into a perspective that our minds could comprehend. When the sun rose at dawn? WOW. These guys really know their stuff!

 
 
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