How do you show the planets and distances of our Solar System to scale if you use a marble to depict our Earth in your scale model? It helps to find a desert.
In what had to be one of the most ambitious efforts ever to portray the relative sizes of the planets and their orbits around the Sun, several buddies took to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. With the Sun represented by what looks like a very large white beach ball, the men place each planet in its respective orbit, marking out a diameter of 3.5 miles from the their Sun to Neptune.
The YouTube video of their effort has gotten more than 3.5 million well deserved views. What an inventive way to demonstrate the unfathomable vastness of our Solar System and, by extrapolation, the Universe beyond, as well as just how puny our place in the Cosmos really is.