This To-Scale Map of the Solar System Will Completely Blow Your Mind

Jul 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm |
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Is the known universe 99.9999999999999999999958% empty? Or is it 0.0000000000000000000042% full? The answer to this probably depends on if you’re an optimist or a pessimist (or if it’s a Monday or a Friday), but it’s a question that will make a lot more sense after you see this to-scale map of our Solar System.


Let’s face it: we’re small. We’re a small species on a small planet in the middle of the vastness of space. It’s funny to think that every single person and thing we know and love exists in what is comparatively even smaller than a grain of sand on a beach or a drop of water in the ocean. Space is HUGE; in fact, it’s so big, we don’t even know how to understand it. The worst part is, most of it is made up of exactly what you’d think: space. Emptiness. Nothingness.

That will never feel more true than it will when you check out the map, which painstakingly lays out the entire Solar System as we know it.

The Moon is only one pixel. Your mind will be blown by the time you get to Pluto.