An Incredible Seven-Mile-Wide Solar System Depiction on a Dry Lake Bed

By Casey Chan on at

I’m at a loss for words. This project and accompanying short film, To Scale: The Solar System by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh, is so beautifully executed. The premise is simple: to build a solar system model to scale. The result, done on an empty 7-mile stretch on a dry lakebed in Nevada, is just awesome.

Wylie Overstreet writes:

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.

We see the orbits of each planet, how far they are apart from each other, and what size they are. It’s worth the watch. Multiple times over.

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