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Solar System Scale Model [phrenopolis.com] shows a scale model of the solar system. The planets are displayed in a scale corresponding to the first image, which is that of the sun. Unlike most solar system visualizations or models, the planets are shown at their true-to-scale average distances from the Sun. That makes the resulting web page rather large: on an ordinary 72 dpi monitor it is just over half a mile wide (~800m), making it possibly one of the "largest" pages on the web. As a consequence, visitors must scroll a considerable amount in order to find the planets, which is part of the fun.

Strongly reminds me of World Population One and Hydrogen Atom Pixel Model. Via @ datamarket.

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well... i don't think this experiment really have any informational value.

the interface makes it too boring and frustrating to use, after a few seconds of scrolling (and maybe missing a planet because it zipped by too fast) you simply grow bored and close the page. you don't even manage to get an idea of how big the page is because the scrolling rate isn't constant...

Tue 01 Dec 2009 at 9:42 PM
marcello

@marcello

To me, you hit it perfectly why the graphic DOES have informational value. The fact is, and I assume the model's designer wishes to convey, that our solar system is so vast and so empty, and traditional models do not represent that accurately. I agree, the model is pretty boring. I spent about 15 minutes on there, and only found two planets (excluding Pluto which is at the very end and thus easy). I didn't realize that Saturn (a planet I had always thought of as distant) was relativly close to Earth when compared to Pluto. One thing I belive would have helped would have been a mileage scale.

Wed 02 Dec 2009 at 3:00 AM
gregvanbebber

well, that's a very nice and useful post but I think there are more points about it which can be expressed here.

Wed 31 Mar 2010 at 2:13 AM

yes, there are a few chances that all this is true.

Fri 09 Apr 2010 at 2:59 AM

This is the only image i've come across that shows not only the planets to scale of size but also distance. Pretty easy to find the inner planets, finding the gas giants is more of a chore, finding Pluto is the easiest, just scroll to the end!

Wed 22 Dec 2010 at 11:10 PM

I saw one on topoga.com for ie. (Needed compatibility on) that does the same thing but includes the moons of each planet. It was more interesting an you can zoom in and out to see all planets on 1 screen.

Fri 01 Jul 2011 at 1:09 AM
JimmyJ
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