Orbits

Demonstrate an understanding of the scale and size of our Solar System using scale models (for example balls of different sizes at appropriate spacing, model Solar Systems such as the Spaced Out project)

Use the Animations, Data and Links on the right to understand the scale of our Solar System.

 

Diameters & Distance Data
Object Diameter (km) AU Distance
(million km)
Sun 1,400,000 - -
Mercury 4,900 0.4 57.9
Venus 12,100 0.7 108.0
Earth 12,750 1 149.6
Mars 6,800 1.5 228.0
Jupiter 142,800 5.2 778.3
Saturn 120,000 9.5 1,427.0
Uranus 51,000 19.2 2,871.0
Neptune 49,500 30 4,497.0
Pluto 2,300 39 5,914.0
Sedna 1,400
76 -
975
11,400 -
146,250
Kuiper Belt -
100 -
1000
?
Oort Cloud - 10,000 -
20,000
?

 

Interactive
Data

Diameters

Earth 12,500 km
Moon 3,500 km

Distance
Earth - Moon = 385,000 km

Links