scale model of solar system on logarithmic graph

• June 8th, 2011, 03:07 PM
pedronaut
scale model of solar system on logarithmic graph

Any one know of a neat/tidy A4 size scale model of the Solar system.
I imagine there is one charted on varibly warped logarithmic graph paper
which would illustrate distance and Planet dimensions somewhat clearly.

Thanks,
Pedro
• June 8th, 2011, 03:46 PM
inow
Try going to the link below and searching for "planets chart."

• June 8th, 2011, 03:58 PM
pedronaut
I had a little look to no luck.

I was thinking of something that would indicate visually/graphically both; relative distances and dimensions of solar system bodies
• June 8th, 2011, 04:59 PM
John Galt
Quote:

Originally Posted by pedronaut
I was thinking of something that would indicate visually/graphically both; relative distances and dimensions of solar system bodies

Why not create one yourself in Excel?
• June 8th, 2011, 06:24 PM
pedronaut
I already broke excel doing the universe on it!

I don't have the intelligence to upload an image so see this

This should give a rough idea of what i'm looking for, the warped lines relate the diameter of a planet to the distance from the sun. (and the planets are not shown as tiny dots)

It would be a logarithmic scale graph to fit it all on 1 A4 size page.
• June 8th, 2011, 08:18 PM
inow
Quote:

Originally Posted by pedronaut
I already broke excel doing the universe on it!

I don't have the intelligence to upload an image so see this

This should give a rough idea of what i'm looking for, the warped lines relate the diameter of a planet to the distance from the sun. (and the planets are not shown as tiny dots)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-s-0u8q6Jym...le%2Bmodel.jpg

It looks to me a lot like the below:

http://www.sanjosescientific.com/ser...-POSTER/Detail
http://www.enjoyart.com/single_poste...lar_system.htm
http://asymptotia.com/2006/08/16/twelve-planets/
http://ripetungi.com/wp-content/uplo...stem-final.jpg
• June 8th, 2011, 10:15 PM
MeteorWayne
Re: scale model of solar system on logarithmic graph
Quote:

Originally Posted by pedronaut

Any one know of a neat/tidy A4 size scale model of the Solar system.
I imagine there is one charted on varibly warped logarithmic graph paper
which would illustrate distance and Planet dimensions somewhat clearly.

Thanks,
Pedro

Personally, I hate using logarithmic scales. People don't work that way.

When I lecture on the Solar System and stellar neighborhood, I use scale models of the planets with properly scaled distances related to the size of the sun and planets.

It makes a far stronger impression to say the nearest star is 3 towns away than using a logarithmic scale where it would syill be in the room.

MW
• June 9th, 2011, 05:59 PM
pedronaut
Indeed Mr Wayne,
Analogies involving basketballs and towns function nicely at describing the relative diamaters and distances of the main bodies of the Solar System ,

However i would be interested to see this information represented graphically on 1 page.
I guess the neatest/clearest(most straight-forward) possible way is 2 seperate charts; 1 indicating distances and the 2nd indicating the relative sizes, of the planets and the Sun.

Thanks y'all anyhow, especially to Inow for introducing me to Google image. That's a keeper.

I like this one, i came across yesterday on my search,
www.phrenopolis.com/perspective/solarsystem
• June 10th, 2011, 01:37 AM
Dishmaster
Quote:

Originally Posted by pedronaut
Indeed Mr Wayne,
Analogies involving basketballs and towns function nicely at describing the relative diamaters and distances of the main bodies of the Solar System ,

However i would be interested to see this information represented graphically on 1 page.
I guess the neatest/clearest(most straight-forward) possible way is 2 seperate charts; 1 indicating distances and the 2nd indicating the relative sizes, of the planets and the Sun.

Thanks y'all anyhow, especially to Inow for introducing me to Google image. That's a keeper.

I like this one, i came across yesterday on my search,
www.phrenopolis.com/perspective/solarsystem

Impressive! I didn't notice the lower scroll bar first. It also gives you an impression of how difficult it is to aim for planet with space probes.