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.

Scale of the Solar System and the first flybys of planets
Solar System: planets, distances of planets from the Sun and the first flybys of planets.

The First Flybys of Planets

  • 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 of the planets 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 79
  • Uranus 27
  • Neptune 1

Sources

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