Solar System (distances not to scale)

Scale of the Solar System (and the first flybys of planets)

Previously I posted two articles titled “If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel – A Tediously Accurate Map Of The Solar System“, and “A Scale Model of Solar System Drawn in the Desert and the Result is Stunning“. Since the human brain cannot deal with the really large numbers, these articles provide an amazing way to understand how big actually our Solar System is.

Now, I decided to put the Solar System into scale as an infographic. You can see a scaled Solar System below, the planets’ distances from the Sun, and the first flybys over them. Plus some statistics about the planets and our home planet, the Earth.

Solar System (scaled)
Solar System: planets, distances of planets from the Sun and the first flybys.

The First Flybys

Mercury: Mariner 10 (NASA), March 29, 1974
Venus Mariner 2 (NASA), December 14, 1962
Earth: Giotto (ESA), July 2, 1990
Mars: Mariner 4 (NASA), July 15, 1965
Jupiter: Pioneer 10 (NASA), December 3, 1973
Saturn: Pioneer 11 (NASA), September 1, 1979
Uranus: Voyager 2 (NASA), January 24, 1986
Neptune: Voyager 2 (NASA), August 25, 1989

Distances from the Sun as million miles/km

Mercury 36/58
Venus 67.2/108.1
Earth 93/149.7
Mars 141.6/227.9
Jupiter 483.6/778.3
Saturn 886.7/1,427
Uranus 1,784/2,871
Neptune 2,794/4,497

Number of Earths Days For Each Planet to Travel Around the Sun

Mercury 88
Venus 224
Earth 365
Mars 687
Jupiter 4,332
Saturn 9,617
Uranus 30,685
Neptune 60,155

Diameter Ratio to Earths

Mercury 0.383
Venus 0.949
Earth 1
Mars 0.532
Jupiter 11.21
Saturn 9.45
Uranus 4.01
Neptune 3.88

Number of Moons Orbiting Each Planet

Mercury 0
Venus 0
Earth 1
Mars 2
Jupiter 63
Saturn 61
Uranus 27
Neptune 1

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