Orbits

7.5 - Be able to use information about the scale of the Solar System

Understanding the size differences of objects in the solar system as well as their correct distances from each other is important. There are many good projects that will show you how to make your own scale model.

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
?

Earth to Moon Distance = 385,000 km
Moon Diameter 3,500 km

 


Excellent Scale Model of the Solar System. Open's in new window. Use zoom to move around and scroll.
Taken from http://i.imgur.com/MjokrA9.png Original Reddit Discussion here.
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