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## How big would a scale model of the solar system be?

The Earth is one astronomical unit from the sun. Planets that are closer to the Sun than the Earth have a measured distance of less than one A.U.

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Procedure: Scale Model of Distances from Sun.

Planet | Distance AU | Model Distance from “Sun” |
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Earth | 1.0 | 1.0 meter |

Mars | 1.5 | 1.5 meters |

Jupiter | 5.2 | 5.2 meters |

Saturn | 9.5 | 9.5 meters |

## How much space is needed to make a scale model of the solar system where the Earth is the size of a marble?

The vast expanse of the Black Rock Desert gave the crew the space needed to construct a to-scale model of the solar system. In their fantastic model, the Earth is only the size of a small marble. Even then, seven miles of open space was needed to show the entire solar system from the Sun to Neptune (sorry, Pluto).

## Can you make a scale model of the solar system?

Making your Solar System model to scale

As the distances between the Solar System planets are so big, it’s almost impossible to have both accurate planet sizes and distances in one scale model. If we scaled the distances based on the Sun’s size we used in this model, Neptune would be half a kilometre away!

## What do you need to draw a scale model of the solar system?

Making a scale model of the solar system is easy if you remember to use each planet’s distance from the sun, measured in AU, and convert it by moving the decimal place one space to the right, and measure the distance in centimeters.

## Why is it difficult to make a scale model of the solar system?

Distance and sizes in the solar system are difficult to visualize because the numbers are so large. In making a scale model, you need to divide the actual figure by any standard number to make a scaling factor.

## How do you build a solar system model?

To make a solar system model, start by finding a large cardboard box and painting it black to represent space. Next, gather 5 polystyrene balls in various sizes to represent gas giants like the sun, Jupiter, and Neptune. Paint the largest ball yellow, then paint the remaining planets.

## How many Jupiters can fit in the Sun?

According to multiple studies, around 1,000 Jupiters could fit into the Sun.

## Could we see a galaxy that is 20 billion light-years away?

Average distances between galaxies are increasing with time. … Could we see a galaxy that is 20 billion light-years away? (Assume that we mean a “lookback time” of 20 billion years.) No, because it would be beyond the bounds of our observable universe.

## How far apart are the planets?

Distance Between Planets

From | To | AU |
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Earth | Saturn | 8.52 |

Earth | Jupiter | 4.2 |

Earth | Mars | 0.52 |

Venus | Neptune | 29.37 |