Friday, February 14, 2020
Ever imagined what it would be like to traverse the Solar System at the speed of light? This is a video which attempts to re-create the out-of-this world experience. The ultimate ride begins on the surface of the sun, hurling you outwards at 186,000 miles per second, past the orbiting planets, the asteroid belt, until finally the sun appears as a faint glimmer among a sea of other stars.
The part that surprised me the most was that the first major asteroid belt object (Vesta) to the last (Hygiea) was about one fifth the distance "traveled" at Hygiea, at which point you could see the full orbits of the three inner planets but were still just barely half way to Jupiter.
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