To Scale: The Solar System (blue marble)

Video Mondays: To Scale: The Solar System

We humans aren’t very good when it comes to dealing with things that don’t conform to “human scale” in terms of both distances and time spans. It’s natural that we measure everything based on our lived experiences and being the all-important center of all of our stories we generally operate with no sense of the actual scale of things. The makers of this video attempt to visually present our world and the surrounding solar system to scale. We are quite tiny when viewed at this scale. Some might despair at the unimportance this might force us to face. Or one might delight that in spite of our infinitesimal lives, we get to be a part of this vast reality. Just because we’re not the center doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy the ride.

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