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We've all seen models of the solar system or thought we have. Those illustrations in textbooks and online show a nice collection of planets, big enough to see detail on, all looking like they're close enough to touch. But we've all been told that the models aren't to scale. In fact, you couldn't create a scale model of the solar system on a normal piece of paper, because the planets would be microscopic. Well, get ready to have your mind blown, because you're about to see the solar system in a whole new light.

Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh headed for a dry riverbed in Nevada's Black Rock desert to create a truly accurate scale model of the solar system on Earth. And it's massive. It stretches across seven miles. The Earth is the size of a marble. Jupiter is represented by a ball the size of a watermelon. Watch this truly unique experiment unfold over 36 hours:

If you live in one of the select few areas where scale models of the solar system exist, you can experience it for yourself. For the rest of us, this is as close as we can get.

[Via NPR]

What do you think of the scale model?

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