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Watch: Man Uses Seven Miles of Desert To Make First Ever Scale Model of Solar System

The earth is only a marble in this stunningly innovative scale model...

“Every single picture of the solar system that you have ever encountered is not to scale. If you put the orbits to scale on a piece of paper, the planets become microscopic and you wouldn’t be able to see them. There is literally not a photo that adequately shows what it all looks like from out there.”

Such are the words of Wylie Overstreet, a man who took it upon himself to fix exactly the problem that has been outlined above – creating a scale model of the solar system exactly to scale.

In order to do that though, Overstreet and a team of his had to head out to Black Rock Desert in Nevada, because he needed at least seven miles of empty space to complete his mission.

It might sound like the video below might be a bit baron then, but with some amazing light work and a whole lot of calculating, it actually makes for a beautiful watch.


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