There’s a lot of space in space. That’s the point hammered in by this huge to-scale map of the solar system, If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel, created by the interactive designer Josh Worth. The map is simple: it starts at the sun, and by scrolling to the right, you can reach all of our solar system’s other planet. It just might take a lot longer than you think.
A few things stick out while scrolling through this well-designed map. First, the planets are really, really small in comparison to the sun. The only planet that even comes close in size is Jupiter. Even the other gas giants like Neptune look pretty tiny in comparison. Second, the solar system, and space in general, really is a vast expanse of nothingness. Josh Worth keeps the journey interesting with little written tidbits of knowledge and thoughts about humans difficulty in processing emptiness. But if you can make it through the entire map without speeding up, you have more patience than us.
Of course none of this is news to anyone who has a basic knowledge of the universe. But as Worth points out, it’s extremely hard to grasp the sheer massiveness of space inside our little human minds. After scrolling through billions of kilometers through If the moon were only 1 pixel, it’s even more impressive to remember that we have sent probes out beyond the reaches of our solar system, and that we know anything at all about these truly distant other worlds.
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This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.