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This scale model of the solar system is truly mind-boggling

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Did you ever build one of those scale models of the solar system as a kid? You know, where you walk around a football field setting down balls of different sizes, attempting to gain some understanding of our place in the cosmos?

Well, this makes that seem totally pointless:

To Scale: The Solar System from Wylie Overstreet on Vimeo.

Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh decided to drive out to the Nevada desert and create a to-scale model of the solar system, showing the true relative distance of each planet from one another and their relative sizes. To make a model using an Earth the size of a small marble, they needed over seven miles of empty space.

The process is fascinating. After placing Saturn, the friends turn back to the model of the sun -- about a mile away -- and remark upon how tiny and distant it looks.

And the results are incredible.

How tiny do you feel right now?

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