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Published on 10 Jun 2008
Thank you all for watching, almost 100.000 views!!!
This animated movie is: A space flight from Neptune to the Sun in 8,5 minutes. 31 times the speed of light. All the planets (and distances) are to scale and aligned to make it a straight, linear journey.
There's 1min35 seconds between Neptune and Uranus. At 5 minutes you pass Saturn (the rings are too thin to be visible). Jupiter at 6,30. The four inner planets swish by in the last 30seconds.
So why should you sit and watch the first 5-6 minutes of wide open space? Well I think it is a great way to take a break, to sit and wonder about the large scale of things, and perhaps put some of your little annoying everyday problems in the proper perspective. I guess most things feel trivial if you could see things from a different view, and always be prepared to learn new things.
I have made the sun and the planets to scale. The distances are a scale of the approximate median distance to the sun. Facts taken from wikipedia. ( i know that the different orbits are not perfectly round or flat) (and I know that there are other stuff in space that really isn't planets)
I really want to clarify this, because I just watched a dozen of similar "Solar Systems" here, that were not to scale, and some have put the planets in wrong order or position. And some have chosen to include items that are not planets. (How can you start with Jupiter and then follow with our moon?)
The things I know I could have worked more on is the individual rotations of the planets surfaces. and also the stars is just random scattered light dots, I wish there were some possibilities to show the speed. But hey, I used pretty rough jpg-setting to make the film relatively small. And the speed that was needed to pass close to everybody, so details isn't really that visible anyway.