Saturday, September 11, 2010
Had some fun making another map showing the distance from the Sun to the Earth, the other planets in the Solar System, the Oort Cloud, possible brown dwarfs, and finally Alpha Centauri. All you have to do to follow this map is scroll endlessly to the right. Try to do it while avoiding zooming out as much as possible and see how long it takes to get to Alpha Centauri.
The scale is 10 metres per AU, so 15 million km per metre (or step). At this scale the distance from the Earth to the Moon is 2.6 cm.
View Solar System to Alpha Centauri in a larger map