In To Scale: The Solar System, the filmmakers seek to make a model of the solar system that gets the orbits and the size of the planets perfectly to scale. With Earth the size of a marble, they need seven miles of land.

Near the end of the video, one of the creators, Wylie Overstreet, says:

That’s what I really wanted to try and capture. We are on a marble floating in the middle of nothing. When you come face to face with that, it’s staggering.

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What the project really gets at is just how important scale is. In order to make a diagram of our solar system easy to read, one with to-scale orbits has inflated planet size. Only with a model like the one Overstreet and Alex Gorosh created can you see just how massive the distances are.

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