OMG Space realises enormity of the solar system in your browser
OMG Space compresses 10.1 billion kilometres into onto a 1:647 scale visual recreation of our solar system. Wired spotted the work, completed by graphic designer Margot Trudell. The aim is to give everyone a working impression of how stupidly enormous our solar system is. The distances between planets and the size of the planets themselves are to scale. When you eventually find Earth, it's a pinprick. I like to imagine launching a satellite from that blob to, say, Mercury, about five minutes of scrolling away, and getting close enough to get pictures. Then I realise humanity has already done that, and have a sudden urge to high-five science.
If only there were more games that let us play with space in a more interactive way, perhaps something that'd let us throw Jupiter at Saturn just to see what would happen. It turns out there is. It's called Universe Sandbox, and it's on sale on Steam now at 40% off. It lets you do stuff like this: