Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh set out to create something you’ve never seen before — our solar system drawn to actual scale. Forget what you’ve seen in books, or on web sites. To depict things accurately, you need a bigger surface. A really large canvas. Like a seven-mile expanse in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (which otherwise hosts The Burning Man Festival). It’s on this dry lakebed that Overstreet and Gorosh built “the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits” and it’s a sight to behold. Creative, industrious, and humbling. Enjoy.
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Take a look at the scale model spread out along 40 miles of U.S. Route 1 in northern Maine: http://pages.umpi.edu/~nmms/solar/
A done to take pictures from above would have been nice.
The Smithsonian has something similar spread out along the National Mall. See http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibits/voyage/main.htm
there’s a scale model in Eugene, OR, started in 1990: http://goo.gl/qvf20U