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Length Scales in the Solar System

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Overview:
A dynamically simplified solar system is constructed from online data to explore the real solar system on many different scales.

The realistically scaled solar system is surprising because nothing is visible due to the presence of many different scales. That is why it is usually rescaled in animations or illustrations. This is nice but gives us a wrong sense of distances and sizes. This Demonstration is intended to show the solar system's different scales in their full glory.

Since it is hardly possible to see anything when the real scales are used, controls have been added to modify the sizes of the celestial bodies.
Level:
Upper Primary, Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, Adult Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Interactive, Simulation, Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Provider:
Wolfram Research
Provider Set:
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Date Added:
09/04/2013
License:
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0
Language:
English
Technical requirements:
Mathematica, Computable Document Format (CDF)
Media Format:
Interactive

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