Planets to Scale

Fine design showing the accurate scale of Solar System planets, dwarf planets, and major moons.

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The bodies presented here are Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune/Triton, Uranus/Titania, Mercury, Venus, Earth/Moon, Mars, Titan, Ganymede, Callisto, Io, Europa, Pluto/Charon, Eris, Makemake, Haumea.

The planets and moons of the solar system are presented here in a histogram-like scale, where sizes are presented in consistent intervals.

Solar System planets, major moons, and representative stars to scale with 3 zoom levels.

Vertical Layout with celestial bodies labeled

Horizontal Layout with celestial bodies labeled

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Vertical Layout with no text only graphic


Earth-Moon Distance fits all Planets infographic

All the planets (plus our favorite dwarf planet) fit almost perfectly between Earth and its Moon. Take this cool infographic home!

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...other Side Views * To Scale * of:

(1) Earth-Moon, (2) Sun-Alpha Centauri, (3) Milky Way-Andromeda

(1What's between the Earth and the Moon? 


Detailed diagram showing objects between the Earth and the Moon including artificial satellites, relevant sized near-Earth passing asteroids (past and future), and the different distances the Moon can take from Earth.

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Schematic view to scale of known objects between the Sun and our nearest star system: Alpha Centauri.

☄️ The objects depicted include the Kuiper belt, notable comets and asteroids, inner torus-shaped Hills/Oort Cloud, outer spherical Oort cloud, and known past and future near passing stars. 

๐Ÿ‘€ Things to notice when looking at this graph: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸThe stars that passed and will pass through the Oort cloud in the last millennia. Notably the ultra-close approach to the Sun by Gliese 710 in 1,28 million years. (≈4% of the current Sun-Alpha Centauri distance!)

๐Ÿ”ฎ๐Ÿ”ฎThe (hypothetical) Oort clouds of the Sun and Alpha centauri almost touch! However, they are too diffuse for there to be a significant chance that an object could collide with or even be deflected by gravity from an object in the opposing cloud. 

๐ŸŒ๐Ÿš€Voyager 1 will be halfway there in 40,000 years (if it were headed in that direction). Two light-years is a long way and it's amazing that it will get there so soon being a probe made in the '70s.

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(3What's between the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy? 

A side view of the Local Group of galaxies that contains the Milky Way, Andromeda and other 120 minor galaxies. The main map is accompanied by technical sheets and expected future path for major group members, top view and a neighboring groups scheme. Developed in July 2022 by Pablo Carlos Budassi. Last update: 5 Jul 2022.

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* These works were part of the exhibition ‘Spacescapes: postcards from our solar system’ by the Geological Society, a science event that took place in the courtyard of Burlington House in Piccadilly, London, 8th October, 2022. All graphics composed by Pablo Carlos Budassi and team.

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