Think our solar system is “special”? Grow some balls!

I used to dig up comparisions like this when I was about ten years old.
I used to have need to know what the biggest, brightest known star in the universe was. It didn’t seem fair that overall we have a pretty poorly endowed sun, not really the type that would boastfully blaze around naked in an astral locker room. And I don’t have a couple, three billion years to wait until it reaches its bloated prime. Oh well; it’s not the size of the furnace, it’s the parameters of the orbit.
Despite being online about 22 hours out of every Earth day, I’m still only beginning to appreciate that someone out there has placed every single one of my passing childhood obsessions on the Web in more or less the exact form in which I conceived them, right down to the colors.

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  1. #1 by Crudely Wrott on May 1, 2007 - 12:06 am

    I’ve always thought that when one backs off a couple of million miles and takes the w-i-d-e view that certain relationships and details that were previously unseen become obvious.
    This is the kind of thing that makes me grin.

  2. #2 by JimFiore on May 1, 2007 - 8:19 am

    Many years ago I set out to make a scale model of the solar system in my parents’ basement. I wound up making two: one that was Sun to Earth (with the moon) and another that was Sun to Pluto (in this case the planets’ positions were marked, not their sizes, for obvious reasons).
    One of these days I’d like to make a real scale model, perhaps a mile or so long, with proper planet sizes. Along side of it I’d like to make a proper scale model of a hydrogen atom. The trick is to find a mile of land to do this.

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