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If the Moon Were Only One Pixel: a Scale Model of the Solar System

by Jason Major March 6, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter One of my favorite pet peeves is the inability of conventional models to accurately convey the gigantic scale of the Solar System. Most of us grew up with models of the planets made of wood or plastic or spray painted styrofoam […]

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Playing Marbles With The Planets

by Jason Major February 26, 2014

We’ve all seen charts showing the relative sizes of planets and moons compared to each other, which are cool to look at but don’t really give a sense of the comparative masses of the various worlds in our Solar System. It’s one thing to say the Earth is four times larger than the Moon, it’s […]

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Why Is the Solar System Flat?

by Jason Major January 21, 2014

It’s no mystery that the planets, moons, asteroids, etc. in the Solar System are arranged in a more-or-less flat, plate-like alignment in their orbits around the Sun.* But why is that? In a three-dimensional Universe, why should anything have a particular alignment at all? In yet another entertaining video from the folks at MinutePhysics, we […]

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Is the Solar System Really a Vortex?

by Jason Major December 18, 2013

The short answer? No. Not in the way that a popular animated gif insinuates, at least. If you’re even a casual space fan you may have seen a viral gif animation showing our solar system traveling through space, the motions of the planets tracing corkscrew “vortex” paths around a line-driving Sun. While it’s definitely intriguing […]

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Do You Need Some Space?

by Jason Major November 8, 2013

Of course you do! (Who doesn’t?) And so here’s a wonderful tour of our Solar System to provide you with just the type of space you need. Remove this ad Jason Major on Google+

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